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Timothy Burcham and Steven Arnold

Lasergen has appointed Timothy Burcham as its CTO. He will help develop the firm's sequencing platform. Burcham has been a member of the firm's scientific advisory board since 2015, and previously spent time developing and launching sequencing systems at Applied Biosystems. The firm also plans to rearrange its board to accommodate three seats from Agilent and will add Steven Arnold, a management consultant who also serves on the board at Houston Methodist Research Institute and Texas Children's Hospital Cancer Center. 

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.