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Kenneth Berns, David Botstein, Virgil Elings, David O Bryan, Peter Schwartz


Kenneth Berns, 64, a professor of genetic research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, has been selected to lead the Genetics Institute at the University of Florida in Gainesville, a multi-disciplinary facility to open in the fall, according to a report in the Gainesville Sun newspaper. Berns left the University of Florida in 2002 to accept the positions of president and CEO of Mount Sinai Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital, but was asked to resign in March.


David Botstein, the new director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University was presented with the 2003 Genetics prize Thursday at the XIX International Congress of Genetics in Melbourne, Australia. The prize, awarded by the Peter Gruber Foundation, includes a medal and a check for $150,000.


Virgil Elings, David O’Bryan, and Peter Schwartz have joined the scientific advisory board of BioForce Nanosciences, of Ames, Iowa. BioForce makes nano-array systems in which atomic force microscopy is used for detection of molecules. Elings is a former physics professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he developed scanning probe microscopy for imaging of individual atoms, and founded Digital Instruments to commercialize this technology. O’Bryan is the managing director of Hibernia Consulting partners. Prior to this, O’Bryan was the senior vice president at SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories. Schwartz is an assistant professor of physics at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is the inventor of “high force nano-grafting,” a nanolithography technology.

The Scan

UK Team Presents Genetic, Epigenetic Sequencing Method

Using enzymatic DNA preparation steps, researchers in Nature Biotechnology develop a strategy for sequencing DNA, along with 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, on existing sequencers.

DNA Biobank Developed for French Kidney Donors, Recipients

The KiT-GENIE biobank described in the European Journal of Human Genetics contains DNA samples, genotyping profiles, immune patterns, and clinical features for thousands of kidney donors or transplant recipients in Nantes, France.

Cardiometabolic Disease May Have Distinct Associations With Microbial Metabolites in Blood, Gut

By analyzing gut microbes in combination with related metabolites in feces and blood, researchers in Nature Communications found distinct cardiometabolic disease relationships at each site.

Study Reveals New Details About Genetics of Major Cause of Female Infertility

Researchers in Nature Medicine conducted a whole-exome sequencing study of mote than a thousand patients with premature ovarian insufficiency.