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Former National Institutes of Health Director Elias Zerhouni has joined Danaher's board, the company said this week.

Zerhouni was appointed to fill a vacancy, the company said, adding that his initial term expires at the company's 2011 annual meeting.

Zerhouni was director of the NIH from 2002 to 2008. He currently is senior advisor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is a senior fellow for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Program.

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

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