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Short Reads: Sep 1, 2002

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Anthony Czarnik wins his wrongful-termination suit against Illumina, where he was a co-founder and chief scientific officer. Illumina will have to pay $7.7 million in damages to Czarnik.

 

Rick Wilson moves up to director of the Washington University Genome Sequencing Center. Wilson has been at the university since 1990 and is currently co-director.

 

Celera Genomics appoints Robert Booth as senior vice president of R&D. Booth, who will report directly to president Kathy Ordoñez, spent the past 13 years at Hoffman-La Roche.

 

Former Amersham exec Trevor Nicholls heads to Affymetrix as chief commercial officer. Nicholls, who previously co-founded and ran clinical genomics firm Oxagen, will lead marketing, sales, and manufacturing, and will report to president Sue Siegel.

 

Ronald Ranauro joins Gene-IT as executive vice president for worldwide business development and general manager of US operations, which will be relocated from California to the Boston area. Ranauro was previously co-founder and CEO of Blackstone Computing.

 

Paradigm Genetics hires Heinrich Gugger, most recently president of Syngenta Crop Protection, as its president and CEO.

 

John Hurrell becomes president of the Indiana Proteomics Consortium, a collaboration between Indiana University, Purdue University, and Eli Lilly.

 

GenoSpectra, a genomics, proteomics, and high-throughput screening company, appoints Frank Witney as its first CEO. Witney comes from PerkinElmer Life Sciences, where he was president of drug discovery tools.

 

Former Millennium Pharmaceuticals CTO Mike Pavia leaves to join Oxford Bioscience Partners as an entrepreneur-in-residence. Pavia will remain a consultant to Millennium.

 

Brent Kreider, who left his biological research post at Phylos, joins systems biology and microarray technology company Akceli as senior vice president of technology.

 

Raymond White, DNA Sciences CSO, leaves to join the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center.

 

Craig Venter, who has been decorated with more awards than you’re interested in tracking, recently was presented with the Rell Sun award by the UCSD Cancer Center Luau and Longboard Invitational, one of the biggest draws of surfing legends in the world. Along with the recognition of his surfer fans, Venter received the award in the presence of friend and fellow surfer, Kary Mullis.

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.