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People in the News: Jun 2, 2009

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Rick Hockett has been named chief medical officer at Affymetrix, the firm said this week.

Hockett joined Affy in March from Eli Lilly, where he was medical fellow and director of genomic medicine. Prior to Lilly, he spent seven years on staff at the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital, where he was professor of pathology and head of clinical immunology and molecular diagnostics.


SRU Biosystems last week named Jane Clark and Rick Loomis as senior sales executives for its North American sales division, and appointed Steve Shamah as its director of cell biology.

Clark most recently served as a senior sales executive at VisEn Medical, and previously held sales positions at Amaxa, Affymetrix, and Life Technologies. Loomis was director of industrial sales at Lonza, and has also worked at Genetix, Acea, and PerkinElmer. Prior to joining SRU, Shamah was a senior principal investigator at Archemix. He also held positions at Hydra Biosciences and Phylos.

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Adenine Base Editor Targets SCID Mutation in New Study

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, report in Cell that adenine base editing was able to produce functional T lymphocytes in a model of severe combined immune deficiency.

Researchers Find Gene Affecting Alkaline Sensitivity in Plants

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science have found a locus affecting alkaline-salinity sensitivity, which could aid in efforts to improve crop productivity, as they report in Science.

International Team Proposes Checklist for Returning Genomic Research Results

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics present a checklist to guide the return of genomic research results to study participants.