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Rebecca Chambers has joined Illumina as senior director of investor relations, the San Diego-based genetic analysis tools firm said during its third-quarter conference call this week. Chambers joins the firm from Myriad Genetics, where she was head of investor relations and corporate communications.


Rheonix has named Bill Colston to its board of directors, the company said this week. Colston is the former CEO of QuantaLife, which was acquired by Bio-Rad Laboratories in 2011. Before founding QuantaLife in 2008, Colston had a 19-year career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Ithaca, NY-based Rheonix sells its Hy-Fi microarray platform for biomarker discovery and clinical diagnostics (BAN 12/20/2011).

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.