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Roger Moody, Ann Wallin, Sheli Rosenberg

Nanosphere announced that CFO Roger Moody notified the firm this week that he will step down from his position with the firm on Feb. 11. Nanosphere has appointed Ann Wallin, currently VP of finance and accounting, to serve as interim CFO and chief accounting officer after Moody leaves the firm. In addition, Sheli Rosenberg has resigned as chair of Nanosphere's board of directors. The company said that it will conduct search for a successor chair.

The Scan

International Team Proposes Checklist for Returning Genomic Research Results

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics present a checklist to guide the return of genomic research results to study participants.

Study Presents New Insights Into How Cancer Cells Overcome Telomere Shortening

Researchers report in Nucleic Acids Research that ATRX-deficient cancer cells have increased activity of the alternative lengthening of telomeres pathway.

Researchers Link Telomere Length With Alzheimer's Disease

Within UK Biobank participants, longer leukocyte telomere length is associated with a reduced risk of dementia, according to a new study in PLOS One.

Nucleotide Base Detected on Near-Earth Asteroid

Among other intriguing compounds, researchers find the nucleotide uracil, a component of RNA sequences, in samples collected from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, as they report in Nature Communications.