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Jerome Konecsni, Randal Johnston, William Haseltine, Kreatech Biotechnology, Ambion, and More


People in the News

Jerome Konecsni has been appointed as president and chief executive officer of Genome Prairie, the Calgary, Canada-based company said earlier this month. He succeeds Randal Johnston. Previously, Konecsni was vice president of corporate development at the Saskatchewan biotech firm Bioriginal. He holds BA, BEd, and MA degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.

William Haseltine has become a senior life sciences advisor of CMEA Ventures, the San Francisco-based venture capital firm said last week. He is the former chief executive of Human Genome Sciences. Haseltine holds a doctorate in biophysics from Harvard University.

New Product Watch

Kreatech Biotechnology this week launched its RNA ampULSe Amplification and Labeling Kits for DNA microarray applications.

The kit combines technology obtained from an agreement with Ambion for their MessageAmp II aRNA amplification system with Kreatech's Universal Linkage system labeling technology.

The company claims the kit will provide users with all the reagents necessary to go from total RNA samples to microarrays.

Agilent Technologies last week launched its Mouse Genome CGH Microarray 44A, which the company claims is the first mouse array specifically tailored for comparative genomic hybridization experiments.

According to Agilent, the Mouse Genome CGH array consists of 43,000, 60-mer oligo probes that provide coverage for the most commonly studied regions and cancer-related genes. Agilent said that it would be adding more organism-specific CGH arrays in the future.

SuperArray Bioscience last week launched GEArray Express, an array platform that is suitable for profiling the expression of focused sets of genes, according to the firm.

SuperArray also said that GEArray Express is capable up to 32 arrays a day and that "nearly 100 samples can be processed in 3 days at a cost of less than $100 per sample."

BioSoft International launched the fourth version of its Array Designer this week.

Array Designer is a desktop software tool that enables users to design oligos for their SNP and expression experiments, BioSoft said.

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.