Population Genetics has named Alan Schafer as its new CEO. Schafer is an adjunct professor at Imperial College London Business School and was previously the Wellcome Trust's director of science funding. Before that he served as global vice president of technology development at GlaxoSmithKline and co-founded Hexagen, a functional genomics company that was acquired by Incyte.

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Maria Freire from the Foundation for the NIH calls for "politically popular pledges of support" for the NIH to turn into support for increased funding for the agency.

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