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Gen-Probe has elected Carl Hull to be the company's new CEO and to serve on the board of directors. Hull, who currently is the company's president and COO, will take on the post in May, after current CEO Henry Nordhoff steps down. Nordhoff, who has been the company's CEO since 1994, will continue to serve as chairman of the board.

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.