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Frank Witney, Miguel Rios, Bruce Carp, John Rockett, Sid Hunter, David Dix


Frank Witney, president of Packard Bioscience, has been named vice president for drug discovery at PerkinElmer, of Boston, which acquired Meridan, Conn.-based Packard on Tuesday.


Miguel Rios was elected the chairman of the board of the National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR), a nonprofit bioinformatics research institute based in Santa Fe, NM. Rios replaces Bruce Carp, who has served as the NCGR Chairman since its founding seven years ago.

Rios received a PhD in physics from the University of Maryland and conducted postdoctoral research at CalTech in nuclear astrophysics.


People wanted: The Environmental Protection Agency’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC, is looking for two post-doctoral researchers to use microarrays to study the toxicogenomic effects of drinking water disinfection byproducts, haloacetic acids (HAA), in mouse and rat models, according to research biologist John Rockett of the Gamete and Early Embryo Research Branch in the Reproductive Toxicology Division. These acids, which are found in drinking water as a result of the chlorine disinfection process, have been shown to induce embryonic malformations such as craniofacial defects and heart outflow tract defects. Researchers at the lab are studying the gene expression mechanisms involved in these defects, and one post-doctoral researcher will look at mouse embryos to discern these effects. This position will include complete training in DNA microarray technology. The second position, which is open to both pre- and post-doctoral researchers, involves the use of high-density oligonucleotide arrays to test the hypotheses that altered gene expression in the testes can serve as a biomarker of exposure for risk assessment. For the first position, contact Sid Hunter, at hunter.sid For the second, contact David Dix at [email protected].

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.