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John Fallon

Exact Sciences has appointed John Fallon to its board of directors. Most recently, he served as senior vice president and chief physician executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts from 2004 through 2015. Prior to his role at BCBS, Fallon served as CEO for clinical affairs at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, including University Hospital of Brooklyn and the clinical faculty practice plan. Fallon was also the founder and CEO of North Shore Health System, a large physician-hospital organization in Massachusetts. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Insulet and AMAG Pharmaceuticals. He also serves as chair on several not-for-profit boards, including the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation and the National Committee for Quality Assurance Medical Standards, as well as members of the boards for the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council and Temple University School of Medicine Board of Advisors.

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.