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People in the News: Jun 9, 2009

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Susan Desmond-Hellmann will not stand for re-election to Affymetrix's board of directors at the company's annual stockholders meeting this June. According to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Desmond-Hellman wants to focus more time on her new job as chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco.


Eric Topol, who is chief academic officer of Scripps Health and director of Scripps Translational Science Institute, has been named the inaugural chair of the Gary and Mary West Chair of Innovative Medicine at Scripps Health. The position was created through a $5 million endowment from the foundation. Topol also has been appointed to the board of directors of the West Wireless Health Institute.

The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.