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People in the News: Jan 19, 2010


DNAVision has appointed Laurent Alexandre to serve as president and chairman of the board. In this position, he will lead the company’s personalized medicine and consumer genomics business.

Alexandre founded two French public companies, Medcost and Doctissimo, and participated in the development of Benefit, a clinical research company.

Intrexon has appointed Thomas Goralski as president of its ultravector division and senior vice president of the corporation.

Goralski has worked in various leadership roles at Incyte Genomics, Perlegen Sciences, and at Expression Analysis.

Population Diagnostics has appointed Peggy Eis as chief technology officer, a role in which she will work to scale up the firm’s biomarker discovery platform.

Eis previously was senior director of genome variation at Roche NimbleGen, and was head of the CGH microarray business at NimbleGen. She also led DNA and RNA detection development at Third Wave Technologies.

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.