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Laurie Glimcher, a Harvard University professor, has been named the new dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. Glimcher is also on the board of directors of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Waters, and is on Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's advisory board.

John Mattick is the new executive director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. He succeeds John Shine, who is retiring.

Mark Guyer, who currently directs the National Human Genome Research Institute's Division of Extramural Research, has been appointed the institute's deputy director.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.