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 PNAS this week: genomic study of group B Streptococcus evolution, selection on the X chromosome in great apes, and more.

Changing the fat and fiber content of people's diets affects their gut microbiome, metabolome, and colon cancer risk, researchers say.

Broken links are found throughout academic publications, and some services are trying to combat such link decay.

Nick Stockton at Wired says that a pause in studying genome-editing tools should be used to find a path forward.