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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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Differences in DNA methylation could be used to distinguish between DNA samples obtained from identical twins, researchers say.

A retrovirus that's been integrated into the human genome appears to have a role in embryonic development, researchers report.

A report from MIT identifies areas of scientific research where declining research support is hindering needed advances.

In PLOS this week: phylogenetic study of hepatitis E viruses in Swedish moose, recombination sites in the honeybee genome, and more.