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Pacific Biosciences: Michael Phillips, Denis Zaccarin

Pacific Biosciences announced that Senior VP of R&D Michael Phillips will retire, effective April 1, 2020.

Phillips joined the company in 2005 and oversaw development of all sequencing systems, including the PacBio RS, launched in 2011; RS II, launched in 2013; Sequel, launched in 2015; and Sequel II, launched in 2019.

Denis Zaccarin, PacBio's VP of semiconductor integrated devices, will succeed Phillips as the head of R&D. Zaccarin, who holds a doctorate, joined the firm in 2004 and oversaw designs and development of SMRT cells.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.