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Janet Lankard, Robin Stracey, Daniel Shaughnessy, and Jody Acford

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Quantum Dot said last week that Janet Lankard has been named vice president of sales, and will lead the sales team for Quantum Dot’s upcoming launch of the Mosaic Gene Expression Assay system. Lankard formerly was a director of sales for Affymetrix, which she joined in 1998. She has also been an executive sales account manager with Applied Biosystems, and was responsible for the Joint Genome Institute during the Human Genome Sequencing Project. She serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for California Polytechnic State University. Lankard holds a BA in biochemistry from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.


Applied Imaging announced last week that Carl Hull will resign his position as CEO effective Dec. 31, 2004, as previously announced. Applied Imaging will promote Robin Stracey, president and COO, to the position of president and CEO effective Jan. 1. Stracey joined Applied Imaging in Nov. 2003. Prior to this, he was vice president and general manager of a chromatography and mass spectrometry business unit at Thermo Electron.


Charles River Laboratories said last week that Daniel Shaughnessy, senior vice president of corporate development, general counsel, and corporate secretary is leaving the company effective Dec. 31, 2004, to join the faculty of Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration. Jody Acford will replace Shaughnessy in these roles. Acford joins Charles River Laboratories from John Hancock Financial Services, where she served as senior vice president and deputy general counsel.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.