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An advertisement posted this week in Nature seeks candidates for the position who "must be internationally renowned biomedical scientists capable of leading a complex research organisation."

The firm will increase its focus on providing diagnostics services while aiming to trim its burn rate by 40 to 60 percent.

The move will allow Reed to focus more of his efforts outside Sanford-Burnham's campuses in La Jolla, Calif., and in the Lake Nona community of Orlando, Fla., according to a spokesman for the institute.

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The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

People reports that researchers have uncovered genetic variants that lead people to always feel full.

Florida state senators are to weigh a bill prohibiting life insurance companies from using genetic information in coverage decisions, according to Florida Politics.

In Genome Research this week: metagenomic sequencing assay that detects pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid, single-tube long fragment read approach, and more.