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Agilent Technologies has named Lars Holmkvist as a senior vice president and president of its Diagnostics and Genomics group. Holmkvist was president and CEO of diagnostic developer Dako, which Agilent acquired in June. He joined Dako from Applied Biosystems and previously was at Medtronic Vascular and Cardiac Surgery.


HTG Molecular Diagnostics has hired Vijay Modur as vice president of translational science and chief medical officer. Modur recently was global head of diagnostic discovery at Novartis Molecular Diagnostics and he also was a senior director at Novartis Molecular Diagnostics and an associate director at Merck Research Laboratories.

The Scan

Rare Genetic Disease Partnership

A public-private partnership plans to speed the development of gene therapies for rare genetic diseases, Stat News writes.

Approval Sought for Alzheimer's Drug

The Wall Street Journal reports Eli Lilly has initiated a rolling submission to the US Food and Drug Administration to seek approval for its drug to treat Alzheimer's disease.

DNA Barcoding Paper Retracted

Science reports that a 2014 DNA barcoding paper was retracted after a co-author brought up data validity concerns.

Nature Papers Present Genomic Analysis of Bronze Age Mummies, Approach to Study Host-Pathogen Interactions

In Nature this week: analysis finds Tarim mummies had local genetic origin, and more.