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Oliver Fetzer, J. Craig Venter

Synthetic Genomics has appointed Oliver Fetzer as the company's new CEO, succeeding Co-founder J. Craig Venter, who will remain actively involved in SGI as executive chairman and co-chief scientist. Fetzer, who most recently served as president and CEO of Cerulean Pharma, will also be a member of SGI's board of directors. He also previously held management positions at Cubist Pharmaceuticals including senior VP of corporate development and R&D; senior VP of corporate development and chief business officer; and senior VP of business development.

The Scan

Harvard Team Report One-Time Base Editing Treatment for Motor Neuron Disease in Mice

A base-editing approach restored SMN levels and improved motor function in a mouse model of spinal muscular atrophy, a new Science paper reports.

International Team Examines History of North American Horses

Genetic and other analyses presented in Science find that horses spread to the northern Rockies and Great Plains by the first half of the 17th century.

New Study Examines Genetic Dominance Within UK Biobank

Researchers analyze instances of genetic dominance within UK Biobank data, as they report in Science.

Cell Signaling Pathway Identified as Metastasis Suppressor

A new study in Nature homes in on the STING pathway as a suppressor of metastasis in a mouse model of lung cancer.