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Markers/Short Reads: Jun 1, 2005

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NCI awarded 13 grants worth a total of $11 million for the next five years to fund its Early Detection Research Network. The grants went toward clinical epidemiology and validation centers; biomarker reference labs; an informatics center; and a data management and coordination facility.

 

Stratagene filed suit against Third Wave Technologies, claiming that the Madison, Wis.-based company infringed patents covering Stratagene’s quantitative nucleic acid detection technology. The company is seeking monetary damages as well as a permanent injunction against further infringement.

 

Roche and 454 Life Sciences signed an exclusive, five-year distribution agreement for Roche to sell 454’s sequencing technology. The deal is worth up to $62 million for 454. In separate news, 454’s parent company CuraGen announced that CEO Jonathan Rothberg stepped down and is replaced by Christopher McLeod.

 

Compugen says that Alex Kotzer will be its new president and CEO starting this fall. Kotzer, who was formerly a VP at Serono, replaces Compugen chief Mor Amitai.

 

Timothy Haines, currently CEO of Astex Technology, will replace Tom McNally as the new CEO of Whatman starting this fall.

 

David Galas, who has previously worked at the Keck Graduate Institute of Life Sciences and led the US Department of Energy’s part of the human genome program, is the new vice president and CSO for biological and life sciences at Battelle.

 

Icoria announced that CEO Heinrich Gugger resigned last month, and that Doug Morton will serve as the interim chief exec. Keith Davis, Icoria’s VP of agricultural biotechnology, and Jim Bucci, VP of human resources, will also be leaving the company midyear.

 

Genvault won an exclusive license to DNA labeling technology from the University of Texas. The patent covers a technology for labeling biological samples for future DNA analysis.

 

A team of researchers has sequenced the genome of Dictyostelium discoideum, a social amoeba that can alternate between unicellular and multicellular forms. The team was led by Ludwig Eichinger from the University of Cologne and by Adam Kuspa of Baylor College of Medicine.

 

Correlogic Systems has teamed up with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine to co-develop a blood test that would detect prostate cancer using a protein pattern-recognition approach.

 

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.