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23andMe has hired Sarah Imbach to take over the role of chief operating officer and Larry Tesler to be a product fellow. Imbach formerly was VP of revenue and customer operations, and she previously was a senior VP of customer service operations and fraud at PayPal.
Tesler has been VP of user experience and design and a research fellow at Yahoo, and he formerly was VP of shopping experience at

Mark Lewis has been named senior VP of development at Illumina, a role in which he will be responsible for global product development efforts. Lewis came to Illumina from Becton Dickinson Biosciences, where he was an executive involved in business development, and he recently was VP of special order research products. He also was involved in genomics technology research, gene characterization and discovery, and disease profiling at Aeomecia, and he led genotyping and DNA sequencing research at Molecular Dynamics.

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Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.