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People in the News: Andrew Morris, Peter Lea, Patrick Schnable, Andy Ferrin

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Andrew Morris has joined SQI Diagnostics' board of directors.

Morris has been president and CEO of the Toronto-based molecular test developer since June. He replaces SQI founder Peter Lea, who has resigned from the board. SQI said that Lea will continue to serve the company as an adviser.


Patrick Schnable has been named Iowa Corn Promotion Board Endowed Chair in Genetics, a new faculty position within Iowa State University's agronomy department. In connection with the appointment, the board has invested $2 million to support the position and its research.

Schnable is an agronomy professor and is director of ISU's Center for Plant Genomics.


Andy Ferrin has left Golden Helix to become a sales executive at Oracle Health Sciences. Ferrin had served as executive vice president of sales, business development, and services at Golden Helix, a Bozeman, Mont.-based bioinformatics company for the past six years.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.