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Peter Hackett, Michael Raymont, Richard Normandin

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Peter Hackett, formerly vice president of research and technology development at Canada’s National Research Council, has been named vice president of research for life sciences and information technology, the agency announced last week. The new responsibility follows two new executive appointments at the NRC: Michael Raymont, who was tapped as vice president of technology and industry support; and Richard Normandin, appointed as vice president of research for physical sciences and engineering.

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Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.