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Eurofins MWG Operon has appointed Lawrence Smith as COO. He joins Eurofins from Mitsubishi Chemical’s Mytex Polymers US Corporation, where he served as CEO and president. Previously, he held various positions at Terex and Exxon Mobil.


The Genome Analysis Center has appointed Timothy Stitt as head of scientific computing. Previously, Stitt was responsible for providing HPC support to over 1500 users spanning many scientific domains at the University of Notre Dame's Center for Research Computing. H also held faculty positions in computer science and civil engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

The Scan

Review of Approval Process

Stat News reports the Department for Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General is to investigate FDA's approval of Biogen's Alzheimer's disease drug.

Not Quite Right

A new analysis has found hundreds of studies with incorrect nucleotide sequences reported in their methods, according to Nature News.

CRISPR and mRNA Together

Time magazine reports on the use of mRNA to deliver CRISPR machinery.

Nature Papers Present Smartphone Platform for DNA Diagnosis of Malaria, Mouse Lines for Epigenomic Editing

In Nature this week: a low-cost tool to detect infectious diseases like malaria, and more.