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Fingerprints Short Reads: Apr 1, 2003

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Affinium Pharmaceuticals appoints Klaus Fiebig as senior director of structural biology and Henry Pauls as senior director of medicinal chemistry.

NextGen Sciences, specializing in genomics and proteomics technology, signs on Tim Sutton as CFO. Sutton’s background in the telecom industry will be instrumental in lessons for biotech, CEO Kevin Auton says.

Jim Lindelien, founder and CTO of TimeLogic, says he left the Nevada-based bioinformatics firm to pursue a new venture.

Elias Zerhouni selects Raynard Kington as the new NIH deputy director. Kington, previously serving in the behavioral and social science section of NIH, replaces Ruth Kirschstein, who becomes senior advisor to Zerhouni.

Expression Analysis, a North Carolina-based microarray company, hires a new CEO. Steve McPhail replaces Donald Holzworth, who will now be chairman of the board, and comes from a COO post at medical device firm ArgoMed.

Lion Bioscience announces that CIO and cofounder Reinhard Schneider will step down. Before his six years at Lion, Schneider was a scientist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Gregory Sullivan, previously medical director of the Longevity Institute, joins Genomics Collaborative as director of business development and sales.

Venture capital firm Tullis-Dickerson announces that Curt LaBelle, who has worked at biotech and pharma companies, joins as senior associate on the healthcare investors team.

Deltagen CEO William Matthews resigns. Chairman Constantine Anagnostopoulos will manage the firm until a replacement can be found.

TGen, Arizona’s Translational Genomics Research Institute, goes on a hiring spree: Dietrich Stephan will be director of the neurogenomics program; Edward Suh will be CIO of the computational bioscience center; and Michael Berens will be VP of research for the institute.

Maverick Kary Mullis joins the scientific advisory board for Madison, Wis.-based optical mapping company OpGen.

The National Disease Research Interchange expects to name the Whitehead''''s Eric Lander as scientist of the year.

Talk about parties: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the double helix discovery, James Watson and 1,000 of his friends got together for an invitation-only black-tie dinner at New York''''s Waldorf Astoria hotel.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.