The Heir Apparent

Robert Tjian has been named the new president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, reports the New York Times. Tijan, a molecular biologist at UC Berkeley, will replace current president Thomas Cech on April 1, 2009. HHMI doles out grant funding to more than 350 scientists worth some $700 million annually, the article says.

 

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Women with breast or ovarian cancer living in medically underserved regions of the US are less likely to get recommended BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic testing, according to a new study.

Three immunology researchers are to receive this year's Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, the Albany Times-Union reports.

In Genome Research this week: clonal evolution analysis of acute myeloid leukemia, computational pipeline to examine relationships between bacterial pathogens, and more.

Elephants may have "re-animated" a pseudogene to help stave off cancer, according to the New York Times.