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People in the News: Dec 7, 2010

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Martin Madaus has joined the board of directors for array maker Quanterix. Madaus recently was president, CEO, and chairman for Millipore, and before that he was president and CEO at Roche Diagnostics and vice president of business development for Roche Molecular Diagnostics. He currently is a director of the Massachusetts High Technology Council.


Sharps Compliance has appointed Ramsey Hashem to the newly established role of chief operating officer. Hashem joins Sharps from Affymetrix, where he served as senior vice president of global commercial operations from 2007 to 2010. Before that, Hashem spent six years with GE Healthcare.

The Scan

Self-Reported Hearing Loss in Older Adults Begins Very Early in Life, Study Says

A JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery study says polygenic risk scores associated with hearing loss in older adults is also associated with hearing decline in younger groups.

Genome-Wide Analysis Sheds Light on Genetics of ADHD

A genome-wide association study meta-analysis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder appearing in Nature Genetics links 76 genes to risk of having the disorder.

MicroRNA Cotargeting Linked to Lupus

A mouse-based study appearing in BMC Biology implicates two microRNAs with overlapping target sites in lupus.

Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.