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Catherine Ball

Ancestry has appointed Catherine Ball as CSO where she will oversee the science team, and lead the company's initiatives to develop innovative new technologies and analyze genetic data. Ball joined Ancestry as vice president of genomics and bioinformatics in 2011. She previously worked as a genomic scientist and led the Stanford Microarray Database.

The Scan

Review of Approval Process

Stat News reports the Department for Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General is to investigate FDA's approval of Biogen's Alzheimer's disease drug.

Not Quite Right

A new analysis has found hundreds of studies with incorrect nucleotide sequences reported in their methods, according to Nature News.

CRISPR and mRNA Together

Time magazine reports on the use of mRNA to deliver CRISPR machinery.

Nature Papers Present Smartphone Platform for DNA Diagnosis of Malaria, Mouse Lines for Epigenomic Editing

In Nature this week: a low-cost tool to detect infectious diseases like malaria, and more.