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Phillip Becker, Andrew O Beirne, Alfred Merriweather, Herbert Hooper


Metrigenix, Gene Logic’s Gaithersburg, Md. microarray spin-off, has hired Phillip Becker as director of IT. Becker, who came to Metrigenix from Gael and Holdings, “has a lot of experience in software development,” according to Metrigenix CEO Andrew O’ Beirne.


Microfluidics maker Aclara Biosciences of Mountain View Calif., has appointed Alfred Merriweather as vice president of finance and chief financial officer. Merriweather has previously worked as chief financial officer at Laserscope, Symphonics devices, and most recently Citadon, a privately-held software company. Aclara co-founder Herbert Hooper has meanwhile left his position as chief technology officer to take a position as a partner with Ampersand Ventures, one of Aclara’s founding investors. Hooper was also elected to serve on the board of directors beginning this month.


People Wanted: The Unité de Recherche en Génomique Végétale in the Evry Genopole near Paris is looking to hire a head of its Arabidopsis microarray facility for the fall of 2002. The facility is being set up as part of a project (CATMA) to develop a microarray covering the Arabidopsis genome. The leader will also develop his or her own research projects. The position requires a PhD in plant molecular genetics and a minimum of four to five years of expression profiling and genomics experience. Applications should be sent by March 1 to Dr. Vincent Colot, at Equipe “Génomique Fonctionnelle et Epigénétique,” Unité de Recherches en Génomique Végétale 2, rue Gaston Crémieux, CP 5708, 91057 Evry Cedex, France; or to [email protected]


The TAGC laboratory Marseille, France has two three-year bioinformatics postdoctoral positions opening up to develop methods, software, and standards for the international ArrayExpress microarray data archive. Applicants should send a CV and contact information for two referees to Pascal Hingamp, at [email protected]

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.