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Shawn Handran, Frank Brown, Claire Fraser-Liggett

Shawn Handran is the new director of imaging for Molecular Devices, CBA News learned this week.
Handran was previously product manager for the IonWorks product line at Molecular Devices. Prior to that, Handran was a product manager at Axon Instruments, acquired by Molecular Devices in 2004.

Accelrys said this week that Frank Brown will be the company’s new chief science officer.
From 1997 to 2006, Brown held a variety of positions at Johnson & Johnson, most recently senior research fellow within the office of the chief information officer, Accelrys said. Brown has a PhD in physical organic chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and obtained his post doc in simulations on biological systems at the University of California, San Francisco.


Claire Fraser-Liggett will join the board of directors of Becton Dickinson, effective Nov. 20, the firm announced this week. Fraser-Liggett is president and director of the Institute for Genomic Research.

The Scan

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.