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Sequenom has appointed Charles Slacik to its board of directors. Slacik has served as chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance for Beckman Coulter since 2006. Previously, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer at Watson Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company; and senior vice president and chief financial officer at CR Bard, which develops medical technologies in the fields of vascular, urology, oncology, and surgical specialty products.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.