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People in the News: May 5, 2009

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PerkinElmer appointed CEO and President Robert Friel to the additional job of chairman of its board of directors. The company said that the appointment is part of a leadership succession plan that it adopted in 2007. Friel succeeds Gregory Summe, who did not stand for re-election. Friel started at the company in 1999 as chief financial officer and he was promoted to president and chief operating officer in 2007. He took the CEO spot from Summe last year.

In addition, PerkinElmer this week appointed Frank Wilson to serve as CFO and chief accounting officer. Wilson assumes his new role on May 18. He was vice president of investor relations at Danaher, and previous to that was CFO of one of the businesses of AlliedSignal.


John Rossi, co-founder of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, has been awarded the 2008 Cozzarelli Prize by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences' editorial board. Rossi, who also is chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and dean of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope, received the award for work he outlined in a paper titled "MicroRNA-directed transcriptional gene silencing in mammalian cells."

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.