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Migrations: Feb 13, 2009


Cellumen this week announced that it has promoted Patricia "Kate" Johnston to chief scientific officer from vice president of discovery programs.

Prior to joining Cellumen in 2005, Johnston spent more than 10 years with Sphinx Pharmaceuticals, a division of Eli Lilly. She joined Sphinx as a scientist, before being promoted to senior scientist, head of lead generation biology, and director of lead generation biology.

The Scan

Genes Linked to White-Tailed Jackrabbits' Winter Coat Color Change

Climate change, the researchers noted in Science, may lead to camouflage mismatch and increase predation of white-tailed jackrabbits.

Adenine Base Editor Targets SCID Mutation in New Study

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, report in Cell that adenine base editing was able to produce functional T lymphocytes in a model of severe combined immune deficiency.

Researchers Find Gene Affecting Alkaline Sensitivity in Plants

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science have found a locus affecting alkaline-salinity sensitivity, which could aid in efforts to improve crop productivity, as they report in Science.

International Team Proposes Checklist for Returning Genomic Research Results

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics present a checklist to guide the return of genomic research results to study participants.