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RainDance Technologies has appointed Sirshendu Roopom Banerjee to be company president and CEO.

Banerjee most recently led the Life Science Tools and Diagnostics sector at investment bank Leerink Swann, and he advised healthcare companies at McKinsey and Goldman Sachs. He also formerly worked at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Whitehead Institute/MIT Human Genome Project, and at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.


Saul Kravitz has joined CLC Bio as head of its North American consulting organization. Previously, he was director of bioinformatics software at the J. Craig Venter Institute. Before that, he was at Celera Genomics, where he helped develop algorithms and software infrastructure for high-throughput protein identification and quantitation from mass spectrometry data, and contributed to the development of Celera's whole-genome shotgun assembler.


Illumina said this week that Jack Goldstein will not stand for re-election to the company's board of directors at the firm's next annual stockholders meeting in May.


NanoString Technologies has tapped William Young to serve as executive chairman of its board of directors. Young currently is chairman of the board at Biogen Idec, a director and chairman emeritus for BayBio, and a director at Theravance. He formerly was CEO and chairman at Monogram Biosciences, and he was COO at Genentech.

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Study Reviews Family, Provider Responses to Rapid Whole-Genome Sequencing Follow-up

Investigators identified in the European Journal of Human Genetics variable follow-up practices after rapid whole-genome sequencing.

BMI-Related Variants Show Age-Related Stability in UK Biobank Participants

Researchers followed body mass index variant stability with genomic structural equation modeling and genome-wide association studies of 40- to 72-year olds in PLOS Genetics.

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.