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People in the News: David Wellis, Ramona Walker, Leslie Auld

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David Wellis has been named CEO of the San Diego Blood Bank. Wellis was previously president of BioAlta, president and CEO of GenVault, and in charge of product marketing at Illumina.

He replaces outgoing CEO Ramona Walker, who is retiring.


GeneNews has appointed Leslie Auld to serve on its board of directors. Auld is GeneNews' chief financial officer and has been with the company since 2010. She previously worked at Luminex Diagnostics as senior director of finance.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

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.