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Gen-Probe has elected Carl Hull to be the company's new CEO and to serve on the board of directors. Hull, who currently is the company's president and COO, will take on the post in May, after current CEO Henry Nordhoff steps down. Nordhoff, who has been the company's CEO since 1994, will continue to serve as chairman of the board.

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In Science this week: swapping yeast genes with human orthologs to study conservation of function, and more.

Hong Kong is using DNA phenotyping to shame litterers.

A study appearing in Cell suggests some metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer patients could benefit from PARP inhibitor therapy.

NIH's Francis Collins writes that scientific advances are poised to help populations all over the world, but more scientists are needed to keep the momentum.