Mike Sjaastad, director of marketing, imaging for Molecular Devices has left the company to take a position at Stanford University. Jan Hughes, vice president of worldwide marketing, has taken over Sjaastad's responsibilities until a replacement is named.

Illumina appointed Christian Cabou as senior vice president and general counsel, the company said last week.

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This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.