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Patrick Balthrop

Oxford Immunotec Global has appointed Patrick Balthrop to its board of directors. He served as president and CEO of Luminex from 2004 to 2014. Before joining Luminex, Balthrop served as president of Fisher Healthcare, now a division of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Prior to that, he held multiple positions at Abbott Laboratories.

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.