Quest Diagnostics announced that Franklin Cockerill, III, is its new VP and chief laboratory officer as of Oct. 1. Cockerill was most recently CEO of Mayo Medical Laboratories and served as the chair of laboratory medicine and pathology for the Mayo Clinic. He has held several leadership positions, including chairing the Microbiology Devices Panel of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Medical Devices Advisory Committee; serving as an editor of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology; and serving as a program chair and board member of the Association for Molecular Pathology.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.