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Fingerprints Short Reads: Apr 1, 2003


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

Wolf Howl Responses Offer Look at Vocal Behavior-Related Selection in Dogs

In dozens of domestic dogs listening to wolf vocalizations, researchers in Communication Biology see responses varying with age, sex, reproductive status, and a breed's evolutionary distance from wolves.

Facial Imaging-Based Genetic Diagnoses Appears to Get Boost With Three-Dimensional Approach

With data for more than 1,900 individuals affected by a range of genetic conditions, researchers compared facial phenotype-based diagnoses informed by 2D or 3D images in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

Survey Suggests Multigene Cancer Panel VUS Reporting May Vary Across Genetic Counselors

Investigators surveyed dozens of genetic counselors working in clinical or laboratory settings, uncovering attitudes around VUS reporting after multigene cancer panel testing in the Journal of Genetic Counseling.

Study Points to Tuberculosis Protection by Gaucher Disease Mutation

A mutation linked to Gaucher disease in the Ashkenazi Jewish population appears to boost Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance in a zebrafish model of the lysosomal storage condition, a new PNAS study finds.