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David Atkins

David Atkins has been named CEO of Congenica, a Cambridge, England-based maker of clinical genomics interpretation software. Atkins will lead Congenica as it looks to expand to the US and Asia, the company said. He previously served as CEO of Synevo, a chain of clinical diagnostic laboratories in Germany and Eastern Europe. With the hiring of Atkins, interim CEO Nick Lench resumes his full-time duties as chief operating officer. Cofounder and former CEO Tom Weaver remains on the Congenica board.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.