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People in the News: Alan Faichney, Stephen Chanock, Joseph Fraumeni

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Alan Faichney had joined Arrayjet as non-executive chairman, the UK microarray instrument provider said this week.

Faichney has served as managing director of Concept Systems, an oil exploration company; senior vice president of Ion Geophysical, a seismic solutions firm; chief operating officer at DEM-Solutions, a Scottish software startup; and CEO of Edinburgh Instrumens, a scientific instruments vendor.


The National Cancer Institute has appointed Stephen Chanock to be director of NCI's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics and a scientific director of the institute.

Chanock takes over DCEG from founding director Joseph Fraumeni, who stepped down from the post a year ago.

Chanock formerly was a tenured investigator in the Genomic Variation Section of the Pediatric Oncology Branch in NCI’s Center for Cancer Research, he was co-chair of NCI's Genetics, Genomics, and Proteomics Faculty, and he was chief of the Cancer Genomics Research Laboratory and the Laboratory of Translational Genomics. He also was acting director of the NCI Center for Cancer Genomics from 2012 to 2013.

BioArray News interviewed Chanock in 2011 about his role in supporting genome-wide association studies (BAN 3/1/2011).

The Scan

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.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.