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People in the News: Mar 23, 2010

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Agilent Technologies has appointed Rick Burdsall, who currently is the firm's vice president and chief information officer, to the newly created position of chief infrastructure officer. In this new role, Burdsall will be responsible for IT, global sourcing, workplace services, and infrastructure integration related to the company's pending acquisition of Varian. He previously served as Agilent's vice president of information technology solution services, and as a marketing manager in the semiconductor products group at Hewlett-Packard.


Osmetech said that Chief Financial Officer David Sandilands has resigned. He is being replaced by Steven Kemper, who has served as senior vice president of finance for Osmetech Technology, a subsidiary of the firm. Kemper also currently serves as president of Pacific Financial Consulting.

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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.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

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.