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People in the News: Apr 27, 2010

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Expression Analysis this week announced two additions to its scientific management team. Patrick Hurban has been named vice president of research and development at the Durham, NC-based firm, while Louise Grant has been appointed director of operations.

Hurban hold a PhD in human genetics from the University of Utah School of Medicine and did his postdoc at Stanford University School of Medicine in the departments of developmental biology and biochemistry.

Grant was most recently microbiology program director at BioMérieux. She also did research at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution in Baltimore and was responsible for R&D, technical support, and product management at Becton Dickinson.


Duncan Whitney was recently named vice president of research and development at Allegro Diagnostics.

Whitney previously held executive-level scientific roles at Exact Sciences, US Genomics, and Progenika. He holds a PhD and MS in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in chemistry from Colby College.


Ambry Genetics said last week that Ardy Arianpour has been promoted to vice president of business development from his previous position as director of business development.


Joseph Palauskis has joined Ocimum Biosolutions' scientific advisory board.

Palauskis is currently an adjunct associate professor in the department of pathology at Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He is also a manager at the International Genomics Consortium in Phoenix.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.