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President Obama said last week that he intends to nominate Francis Collins as director of the National Institutes of Health. Collins served as director of the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute from 1993 until 2008. During that time, he led the Human Genome Project, which was completed in 2003. Prior to his NHGRI directorship, he was a faculty member at the University of Michigan and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Collins holds a PhD in physical chemistry from Yale University, an MD from the University of North Carolina, and a BS in chemistry from the University of Virginia.

Helaman Escobar has joined Eurofins MWG Operon as director of DNA sequencing, where he is responsible for the management and expansion of the company’s DNA sequencing services in the Americas. He comes to Eurofins from the University of Utah, where he was the director of the DNA sequencing and genomics core facility. Prior to that, he directed a DNA sequencing core lab at Brigham Young University. Escobar holds an MBA from the Marriott School of Management at BYU and a BS in molecular biology from BYU.

The Scan

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.

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.