Edward Hurwitz, a venture partner of Alta Partners, has joined the board of directors of Mountain View, Calif.-based Aclara Biosciences. From 1997 to 2001, he was senior vice president and CFO of Affymetrix. Hurwitz holds JD and MBA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in molecular biology from Cornell University.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.