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Following the retirement of Steven Gutman as director of the US Food and Drug Administration's Office of In Vitro Diagnostics, Don St. Pierre is serving as the acting director of the division until a permanent director can be hired.

OIVD has been interviewing candidates and a permanent director is expected to be hired by this spring, according to Alberto Gutierrez, deputy office director of new product evaluation at OIVD, who spoke at a meeting of the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society in Washington, DC, this month.

The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.