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Robert Weist, John Zabriskie, Harris Lewin, Ginger Graham, Dana Mead Jr., Stephen J. Elledge, Carol W. Greider, J. Woodland Hastings, Arthur Horwich, Rudolf Jaenisch, Cynthia J. Kenyon


Robert Weist, a member of the board of directors of BioSource International of Camarillo, Calif., since 1996, has resigned due to personal reasons, the company reported last week. The company said it is reducing its board from seven members to six, with John Zabriskie replacing Weist on the audit committee.


Harris Lewin, a professor of immunogenetics in the department of animal sciences at the University of Illinois, has been named to lead the Post Genomic Institute. He is also the director of the W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics.


Ginger Graham, advisor to the president of Guidant Corp. of Indianapolis, will leave the company to pursue other interests, the company said. Previously, she was group chairman, office of the president. She is on the board of directors for Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Millennium Pharmaceuticals.


Also, Dana Mead Jr., president of vascular intervention for Guidant, was elected to the board of directors of California Healthcare Institute (CHI), a non-profit public policy research organization.


Following are some of the scientists elected to the National Academy of Sciences as announced last week:

Stephen J. Elledge, investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and professor, department of biochemistry and molecular genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Carol W. Greider, professor, department of molecular biology and genetics, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. J. Woodland Hastings, professor of natural sciences, department of molecular and cellular biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Arthur Horwich, investigator, Howard Hughes, and professor, department of genetics, school of medicine, Yale University, New Haven, Conn. Rudolf Jaenisch, professor of biology, MIT, and Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, Mass. Cynthia J. Kenyon, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, University of California, San Francisco. Robert A. Lamb, investigator, Howard Hughes, and professor of molecular and cellular biology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

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