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David Basiji, Jack Ball, Kevin Hrusovsky, Robert Hurley, Paulette Gray


David Basiji has been named CEO of Amnis, Cell-Based Assay News has learned. Basiji was previously Amnis' chief technology officer. He replaces former CEO Jack Ball. Further details about Ball's departure were not available.

Xenogen said last week that it has elected Kevin Hrusovsky to its board of directors. Hrusovsky will also join Xenogen's nominating and governance committee following its

Hrusovsky has been CEO of Caliper Life Sciences since it acquired Zymark in the summer of 2003. Prior to the acquisition, Hrusovsky held management positions at FMC Corporation and E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Xenogen said. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University, an MBA from Ohio University, and an extended MBA from Harvard University.

Beckman Coulter said last week that Robert Hurley has been named vice president of human resources and corporate communications effective May 23.

Hurley joins Beckman Coulter from Baxter International, where he is currently corporate vice president of restructuring. Hurley joined Baxter/American Hospital Supply in 1980, and held various positions in the company, including vice president of human resources, and corporate vice president and president of Baxter Japan/China. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Georgia, and served as a captain in the US Army from 1971 to 1980.

Paulette Gray has become director of the division of extramural activities of the National Cancer Institute, NCI said last week. She had been the division's deputy director, then acting and deputy director, since 1997. The division of extramural activities coordinates all of NCI's extramural programs and grants. Gray joined NCI in 1984 as a special review officer, moving to different positions from there. She holds a PhD in cellular and developmental biology and an MS in mycology from Atlanta University, and a BS in biology from Tuskegee University in Alabama.

The Scan

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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

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