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Ewan Birney

The Global Alliance for Genomics in Health has appointed Ewan Birney to lead its efforts to accelerate medical and research advancements through the responsible sharing of genomic and clinical data. He will assume the new role on Nov. 1. Birney currently serves as director of the European Bioinformatics Institute and as non-executive director of Genomics England. He is also a consultant and advisor to a number of companies, including Oxford Nanopore Technologies and GlaxoSmithKline. Birney was elected a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015, and has worked in the laboratories of leading scientists Adrian Krainer, Toby Gibson, and Iain Campbell.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.