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Bruker said this week it has appointed Joshua Young vice president of investor relations. Young will take over from Stacey Desrochers, who will focus on management of the company's treasury operations.

The company next year plans to launch a 1,000-patient verification trial for its lung cancer protein biomarker panel, with trials for its Alzheimer's disease panel likely to follow, said an official.

The molecular diagnostics company plans to use the funds for marketing and R&D.

Lycera, which is developing drugs for autoimmune diseases, will use the cash to advance through Phase II proof-of-concept studies a drug based on University of Michigan research, and into Phase I trials a second candidate based on research conducted at New York University.

Dog DNA testing finds that some purebreds might not truly be purebreds, Inside Edition reports.

Mary Beckerle has returned as director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, according to ScienceInsider.

Smithsonian Magazine reports that environmental DNA sampling can be used to track elusive organisms.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive satellite DNA in the fruit fly, transcriptome map assembly pipeline, and more.