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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 World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.

DARPA is working on developing algorithms that gauge the credibility of research findings, Wired reports.

The American Society of Breast Surgeons recommends all women diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing, the Washington Post says.

In Science this week: comparison of modern, historical rabbit exomes uncovers parallel evolution after myxoma virus exposure; and more.