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People in the News: Jan 19, 2010

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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

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.