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BioWisdom Hires New Director of Life Sciences

NEW YORK, June 7 - BioWisdom of Cambridge, UK, said Thursday it had hired Julie Barnes as director of life sciences, effective June 25.

Barnes, who previously worked as the head of neuropharmacology research and development department at GlaxoSmithKline, will be responsible for leading the team that positions information in the company’s Discovery Portfolio system.

BioWisdom aggregates and aligns multidisciplinary data, information, and technology from both the public domain and from their proprietary partners. Users can view meta-data in order to help them make decisions about what data to license or purchase.

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.