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Jonathan Said, Jeffrey Otto, Min Seob Lee, Donald Benson, Applied Biosystems, Gentra Systems, and Epicentre Biotechnologies


People in the News

Jonathan Said has joined CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics as a member of its scientific advisory board, CMD said last week.

Said is currently the chief of anatomic pathology at the department of pathology and laboratory medicine and the chief of surgical pathology at the University of California, Los Angeles' Medical Center for the Health Sciences. He is also a professor of pathology and urology at UCLA School of Medicine.

Said holds an MD from the University of Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sequenom has hired three genetic analysis specialists for its Genetic Services unit, the company said last week.

Jeffrey Otto has been named director of genetic services, Min Seob Lee as manager of genetic services, and Donald Benson as genetic services national account manager. Sequenom launched its new genetics analysis service business in October.

Otto most recently worked for Genaissance Pharmaceuticals and holds an MBA from Ellis College of the New York Institute of Technology. He also holds a PhD from Marquette University.

Lee holds an MS in biology from California State University, Los Angeles and a BSc in biology from Kyung-Hee University in Seoul, Korea.

Benson worked previously for Boehringer Mannheim Biochemicals, Eppendorf North America, Genaissance, Orchid Biosciences, Qiagen and other firms, Sequenom said. He holds a BSc from Rutgers University.


New Product Watch

Applied Biosystems last week launched three TaqMan Low Density Array Gene Signature Panels. Gene signature panels are now available for Human GPCR, Human Protein Kinase, and Mouse Immune targets. The company previously offered only Human Immune and Human Endogenous control panels.

According to ABI, the panels work with the firm's 384-well TaqMan Low Density arrays designed for use on its 7900HT Fast Real-Time PCR System.

Gentra Systems last week introduced its VersaGene DNA Cell Purification Kit. The company claims that VersaGene is highly scalable and allows purification of very high quality, double-stranded DNA from as few as 1,000 and up to 25 million cells from the same kit, in as little as 30 minutes.

Gentra recommended the kit for use with SNP microarrays and comparative genomic hybridization microarrays.

Epicentre Biotechnologies this week launched its MasterPure Yeast RNA Purification Kit, which the company claims provides all of the reagents needed to purify RNA from cell types including Candida, Saccharomyces, Schizosaccharomyces, and filamentous fungi.

Epicentre said the kit uses a desalting process to remove contaminating macromolecules, avoiding toxic organic solvents, bead beating, and spheroplasting.

The Scan

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.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.