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Gregory Schiffman, Heinrich Fisher, Rob Parry

Gregory Schiffman has joined the board of directors of Entelos, the company said last week. Schiffman has served as chief financial officer at Dendreon since December when he stepped down as CFO of Affymetrix. He also was vice president and controller for Applied Biosystems and a manager at Hewlett Packard and at IBM.

Tecan last week said it will nominate Heinrich Fisher to its board of directors at a shareholders meeting on April 17.
Fisher will step down from his position as CEO of Saurer in April, and Tecan said he has made known his willingness to be nominated for the board.

BioMicro Systems this week appointed Rob Parry as vice president of manufacturing. Parry will be responsible for expanding the company’s manufacturing operations to meet demand for the Salt Lake City firm’s MAUI Hybridization System product line. 
Parry most recently held a top-level manufacturing position at Nanosys. He has also held similar positions at Fluidigm and Agilent Technologies.

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.