Ryan Taft has joined Illumina as director of scientific research. Taft is laboratory head and senior research fellow at the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience. Taft will maintain a joint appointment with UQ while working for Illumina.


Vermillion has tapped James LaFrance, chairman of the firms' board of directors, to succeed Thomas McLain as president and CEO. LaFrance, who will continue to serve as Vermillion's board chairman, formerly was CEO of Omnyx and held executive leadership posts at Ventana Medical Systems and Bayer Diagnostics.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.