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Shobha Parthasarathi, Rob Lindberg, Rathindra Bose, David Ramsay

Shobha Parthasarathi has joined the North Carolina Biotechnology Center as technology development director in NCBC’s Business and Technology Development unit.  
Parthasarathi was previously a senior researcher and manager at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where she conducted drug discovery research, evaluated technologies, and developed in-house expertise for multiple therapeutic groups.
Parthasarathi succeeds Rob Lindberg, who has become director of the NCBC’s Business Acceleration & Technology Out-licensing Network, or BATON, program.

Ohio University has named Rathindra Bose as its new vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the graduate college. Bose will begin work July 1.
Bose is currently vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at Northern Illinois University. He was previously vice president for research and dean of graduate studies at Kent State University.
Bose will manage the university's new graduate college and research division, which includes offices that oversee the university's external grants and contracts, research compliance, grant writing, research communication, technology transfer, and economic development functions.

David Ramsay, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, was among several winners of the 2008 Greater Baltimore Region Bioscience Awards announced this week.
Ramsay, the recipient of the President’s Award, has “championed the growth of biomedical research and technology transfer at UMB, where biotech research has grown by 500 percent since 1994,” the Greater Baltimore Committee said in a statement.
Ramsay has also been leading development of the UMB BioPark in west Baltimore, which has grown to 340,000 square feet of research space and created 200 biotech jobs over the last five years, the committee said.

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Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.

Analysis of Endogenous Parvoviral Elements Found Within Animal Genomes

Researchers at PLOS Biology have examined the coevolution of endogenous parvoviral elements and animal genomes to gain insight into using the viruses as gene therapy vectors.

Saliva Testing Can Reveal Mosaic CNVs Important in Intellectual Disability

An Australian team has compared the yield of chromosomal microarray testing of both blood and saliva samples for syndromic intellectual disability in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

Octopus Brain Complexity Linked to MicroRNA Expansions

Investigators saw microRNA gene expansions coinciding with complex brains when they analyzed certain cephalopod transcriptomes, as they report in Science Advances.