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Mike Brophy

Natera has appointed Mike Brophy to chief financial officer. He replaces Herm Rosenman, who had been CFO since January 2014 and resigned effective Jan. 31, 2017. Rosenman will join Natera's board of directors. Brophy had been serving as Natera's senior vice president of finance and investor relations since September 2016 and as the firm's vice president of corporate development and investor relations since September 2015. Prior to joining Natera, he was an executive director and vice president in Morgan Stanley's investment banking division. 

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.