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Ares Genetics: Arne Materna, Andreas Posch, Achim Plum

OpGen subsidiary Ares Genetics has announced founding CEO and Managing Director Andreas Posch and Managing Director Achim Plum will step down from their positions, effective Dec. 31. They will both stay on as special advisors throughout 2021 to ensure a smooth transition.

Arne Materna has been appointed managing director and CEO, effective Jan. 1. Materna previously served as vice president, products at CosmosID and has held leadership roles at Qiagen, CLCbio, and Pacific Biosciences. He has particular expertise in microbiology and next-generation sequencing and has experience developing bioinformatics platforms and products.

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.