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Raisa Lowe, Bill Craumer, Jens Beator

Expression Analysis has hired Raisa Lowe as director of quality assurance. Lowe will be responsible for implementing quality initiatives at the company, including continued compliance to Good Laboratory Practices, Good Clinical Practices, and compliance with the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment.
Lowe previously held quality-assurance and compliance positions at Wellstat Biologics and Therapeutics, Diosynth RTP, and Compliance Quest.
Lowe holds a BS in biology from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and an MS in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University.

Illumina spokesman Bill Craumer has left the company to join Isis Pharmaceuticals, he said in an e-mail last week.
Isis, located in Carlsbad, Calif., just up the coast from Illumina’s San Diego headquarters, has a technology that discovers drugs focused on RNA targets in the areas of cardiovascular, metabolic, inflammatory diseases, and cancer, according to Craumer.  
He said the company plans to commercialize “an integrated biosensor system for use in disease surveillance, infectious disease research and diagnostics.”

Jens Beator has been named manager of Protagen’s newly formed protein biochips unit, the company said last week. He will now oversee commercialization of the firm’s UNIchip protein array line.
Beator previously served as director of business development for protein arrays Europe at Whatman, formerly Schleicher & Schuell BioScience. He also held positions in sales at Biometra and Thermo Shandon.

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.