The US National Institute of General Medical Sciences, of the National Institutes of Health has named Ann Hagan as associate director for extramural activities, the institute said last week. Hagan has been at NIGMS since 2000 as associate director for extramural activities, and has served as acting associate director since November 2003. Between 1989 and 2000, she was at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and served as chief of the review branch.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

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