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Chip Leveille and Mark Solakian

Chip Leveille has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing and Mark Solakian has been named vice president and general counsel at Helicos Bioscience, the company said this week.
 
Leveille previously served for six years at Affymetrix where he served as vice president in three separate capacities – pharmaceutical business, core technologies group, and corporate marketing.
 

Solakian is also an Affy alumn. He most recently served as vice president and chief corporate counsel for Affymetrix. Prior to joining Affy, Solakian was an attorney at Goodwin Procter in Boston. He holds an AB from Harvard College and a JD from Boston College Law School.

The Scan

Researchers Develop Polygenic Risk Scores for Dozens of Disease-Related Exposures

With genetic data from two large population cohorts and summary statistics from prior genome-wide association studies, researchers came up with 27 exposure polygenic risk scores in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

US Survey Data Suggests Ancestry Testing Leads Way in Awareness, Use of Genetic Testing Awareness

Although roughly three-quarters of surveyed individuals in a Genetics in Medicine study reported awareness of genetic testing, use of such tests was lower and varied with income, ancestry, and disease history.

Coral Genome Leads to Alternative Amino Acid Pathway Found in Other Non-Model Animals

An alternative cysteine biosynthesis pathway unearthed in the Acropora loripes genome subsequently turned up in sequences from non-mammalian, -nematode, or -arthropod animals, researchers report in Science Advances.

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.