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People in the News: Dec 1, 2009

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Harvard University spinout Ligon Discovery has appointed Errol De Souza as executive chairman of the board. De Souza has held senior-level R&D and management positions at Aventis, Hoechst Marion Roussel, DuPont Merck, Neurocrine Biosciences, Synaptic Pharmaceuticals, and Archemix.


Enzo Biochem said that it has terminated Shahram Rabbani's services as the company's secretary and treasurer, effective immediately. He will continue to serve as a director of the firm, though.
Enzo said that its Chairman and CEO Elazar Rabbani will serve as secretary, while President and CFO Barry Weiner will serve as treasurer.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.