At A Glance Name: Robert Murphy

Position: Director, Center for Bioimage Informatics; Professor, Departments of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Background: Postdoc, Columbia University, chemistry and human genetics — 1979-1983; PhD, California Institute of Technology — 1980; BA, biochemistry, Columbia University — 1974

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

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