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Huntington Willard

The Marine Biological Laboratory has appointed Huntington Willard as its next president and director. Willard is currently the Arts & Sciences professor of biology and genome sciences at Duke University and will take on his role at MBL on Jan. 1, 2015. He was the founding director of the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy. Before that, he chaired the genetics department at Case Western Reserve University. Robert Zimmer is the current president of MBL and chairman of its board of trustees.

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.