NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Hologic this week announced a handful of executive appointments and the impending retirement of its CFO.

The firm said that it has named Eric Compton to the newly-established position of chief operating officer. He will be responsible for overseeing all of the firm's commercial operations in the US, and its global research and development, manufacturing, and service operations. Compton most recently served as worldwide president of Johnson & Johnson's Ortho Clinical Diagnostics business.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.