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People in the News: Ron Nersesian; Guy Sene; Marc Williams; Janet Williams


Agilent Technologies has appointed Ron Nersesian as executive vice president and chief operating officer. For the past two years, Nersesian has served as president of Agilent's Electronic Measurement Group. In his new role, he will have day-to-day responsibility for the company's three businesses, Chemical Analysis, Life Sciences, and EMG.

Guy Séné, who has been vice president of the Microwave and Communications Division since 2009, will replace Nersesian as EMG president, Agilent said.

Marc Williams and Janet Williams have joined Geisinger Health System's Genomic Medicine Institute. Marc Williams will serve as senior director and director of the institute and Janet Williams will be an investigator. Both begin their roles on Jan. 1.

Geisinger has tapped Marc Williams to expand its translational research program in genomic medicine. He previously served as director of the Intermountain Healthcare Clinical Genetics Institute in Salt Lake City, where Janet Williams was coordinating genetic counselor.

Geisinger's new hires follow the appointment of David Ledbetter as chief scientific officer last year. BioArray News spoke with Ledbetter about Geisinger's interest in expanding its genomic medicine programs at that time (BAN 1/11/11).

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A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.