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People in the News: Aug 3, 2010

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Helixis CEO Alex Dickinson has joined Illumina as senior vice president of PCR solutions, the firm said last week.

Dickinson led Helixis for three years prior to the company's acquisition by Illumina. Before that, he was president and CEO of Luxtera, and prior to that he served as CEO and chairman of Ethentica.

He holds a BE and PhD from the University of Adelaide in Australia, and an MBA from Columbia University.


Arrayit and its Arrayit Diagnostics subsidiary have hired Duane Steele to develop strategic alliances with pharmaceutical companies for the firm's OvaDx pre-symptomatic test for ovarian cancer.

Steele previously served as vice president of business development of Ivax Diagnostics and chief operations officer of Diamedix. He also worked formerly at Kallestad Diagnostics, where he was responsible for all international operations and where he established subsidiary operations in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Australia.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.