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Vermillion has appointed Eric Varma to serve on its board of directors.

Varma, a physician, is a partner at Oracle Investment Management, which is Vermillion's largest shareholder. He also formerly worked at Leerink Swann, the Boston Consulting Group, and the US Food and Drug Administration.


Agilent this week named Robert Cantrell vice president and treasurer. He replaces Neil Dougherty, who is CFO-designate of the new electronic measurement company to be formed by the separation of Agilent into two publicly traded companies announced this week.

Cantrell was previously operational CFO for the company's electronic measurement business.

The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.