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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – George Church has been elected to serve on Sigma-Aldrich's board of directors, the firm said today. Church is professor of genetics at the Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Computational Genetics in Cambridge, Mass. He played a key role in the Human Genome Project and is a co-founder of the start-up consumer genomics firm Knome and synthetic biology firm Codon Devices. He also has been co-developing the Polonator, a second-generation sequencing system, with Danaher.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

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