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WaferGen Biosystems said this week that it has appointed Gary Schroth as senior vice president of genomics research and applications.

Schroth joins WaferGen from Illumina, where he most recently served as senior director of research and development. Schroth will oversee WaferGen's biology and chemistry research, the development of new genomic applications, and SmartChip gene expression profiling services.

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Berkeley researchers have engineered yeast to make the molecule behind the hoppy taste of beer, Quartz reports.

King's College London researchers examine the influence of school type and genetics on academic achievement.

FiveThirtyEight writes that most who take a direct-to-consumer BRCA1/2 genetic test won't learn much from it.

In Science this week: early life experience influence somatic variation in the genome, and more.

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