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Short Reads: May 1, 2001 (rev. 1)


Hyseq CEO George Rathmann stepped down. Newly hired president and COO Ted Love will replace him. Ironic twist: upon his hire, Love told GT he went to Hyseq largely for “the chance to work side by side with George Rathmann.” The former CEO will remain chairman of the board.


Niv Caviar, formerly with Affymetrix, joined Immusol as vice president of business development. Caviar seems to prefer variety on his plate — he’s a mechanical engineer with an MBA who became an Air Force captain and worked at Andersen Consulting.


Genomics and proteomics company GPC Biotech broadened its drug development and clinical development capacities with the hire of Benno Rattel, formerly with Klinge Pharma, as senior director of drug development. GPC also established a clinical development advisory panel with consultants Jerome Birnbaum, Stephen Carter, and Prasad Sunkara.


Larry Kier took 23 years of toxicology experience with Monsanto/Pharmacia and went back to square one. Phase one, anyway: Phase-1 Molecular Toxicology, which uses transcriptome profiling and other genomics and proteomics technologies. Kier is director of preclinical research.


Bioinformaticist Eric Neumann left Cambridge, Mass., consulting firm 3rd Millennium over “differences in company direction.” He will freelance for now.


A new dawn: John Mendlein left his senior executive position at Aurora Biosciences and joined Integrative Proteomics as chairman and CEO.


IP concerns burned bright at TIGR — enough that Michael Brown was shifted from a three-year stint as staff counsel to intellectual property counsel and technology transfer manager.


EraGen Biosciences announced the arrival of COO Gary Alianell, former CEO and president of NucleoTech, and the departure of Gideon Shapiro, president and CEO for the past 18 months.


Bristol-Myers Squibb promoted Elliott Sigal to senior vice president for drug discovery and exploratory development. Sigal will lead research efforts at BMS’s Pharmaceutical Research Institute.


Ready for a fun game? Find the person whose genome matches yours! Kristina Johnson, dean of engineering at Duke University, is doing a statistical study to determine the chances that any two people in a population have the same DNA sequence. We’d call it crazy, but then again, you only need 23 people in a room to have higher than 50 percent odds that two will share a birthday.

The Scan

Nucleotide Base Detected on Near-Earth Asteroid

Among other intriguing compounds, researchers find the nucleotide uracil, a component of RNA sequences, in samples collected from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, as they report in Nature Communications.

Clinical Trial Participants, Investigators Point to Importance of Clinical Trial Results Reporting in Canadian Study

Public reporting on clinical trial results is crucial, according to interviews with clinical trial participants, investigators, and organizers from three provinces appearing in BMJ Open.

Old Order Amish Analysis Highlights Autozygosity, Potential Ties to Blood Measures

Researchers in BMC Genomics see larger and more frequent runs-of-homozygosity in Old Order Amish participants, though only regional autozygosity coincided with two blood-based measures.

Suicidal Ideation-Linked Loci Identified Using Million Veteran Program Data

Researchers in PLOS Genetics identify risk variants within and across ancestry groups with a genome-wide association study involving veterans with or without a history of suicidal ideation.