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Paul DePodesta

Paul DePodesta is joining the faculty of the Scripps Translational Science Institute as an assistant professor of bioinformatics. DePodesta is currently vice president of player development and scouting for the New York Mets, a role that he will maintain while at Scripps. He joined the Mets in 2010, and has previously worked in the front offices of several other Major League Baseball organizations including the San Diego Padres. DePodesta is a Harvard economics graduate who rose to prominence as assistant general manager to Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane, a role in which he used his knowledge of data analytics to radically alter the way the team recruited players.

The Scan

Rare Genetic Disease Partnership

A public-private partnership plans to speed the development of gene therapies for rare genetic diseases, Stat News writes.

Approval Sought for Alzheimer's Drug

The Wall Street Journal reports Eli Lilly has initiated a rolling submission to the US Food and Drug Administration to seek approval for its drug to treat Alzheimer's disease.

DNA Barcoding Paper Retracted

Science reports that a 2014 DNA barcoding paper was retracted after a co-author brought up data validity concerns.

Nature Papers Present Genomic Analysis of Bronze Age Mummies, Approach to Study Host-Pathogen Interactions

In Nature this week: analysis finds Tarim mummies had local genetic origin, and more.