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Sue Siegel, Michael Christman

Sue Siegel, formerly president emeritus of Affymetrix, has been named a partner at the Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures.
Affymetrix disclosed that Siegel had resigned as president emeritus last week (see BAN 3/27/2007).
MDV said that Siegel will help the company “invest in cross-discipline companies” involved in clinical and medical technological development.
Siegel became president of Affy in 1999 and a director in 2001. She became president emeritus in 2006 after resigning as president and director.

Michael Christman will become president and CEO of the Coriell Institute for Medical Research on June 1. Christman will supervise the scientific and management operations at Coriell, and will also lead “a new initiative to identify human genetic variation that contributes to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and obesity,” the institute said in a statement.
Christman most recently served as professor and founding chair of the department of genetics and genomics for the Boston University School of Medicine. He has also served as associate professor in the department of microbiology at the University of Virginia and as assistant professor in the department of radiation oncology at the University of California, San Francisco.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.