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Marcia Nizzari has been named vice president of engineering at PatientsLikeMe. She joins the company from Good Start Genetics, where she was the director of bioinformatics and high performance computing/IT. Previously, she was director of informatics for the Program in Medical and Population Genetics at the Broad Institute.


23andMe has appointed Andy Page to president, a newly created senior executive position. He will report to CEO Anne Wojcicki, and will be responsible for the company's product and engineering, marketing, finance, business development, laboratory operations, and legal/regulator affairs. Page has been a member of 23andMe's board of directors since 2012 and will remain on the board.

He previously served as president of Gilt Groupe, an online luxury shopping destination, and as chief operating and financial officer at PlayPhone.

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.