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Mike Stratton, director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, has been knighted in the UK. Having founded the Cancer Genome Project at the Sanger Institute, Stratton lead the team that discovered mutations in the BRAF gene in malignant melanoma.

His research team in 2009 published data from the first full genome sequencing of two tumors, a lung cancer and a malignant melanoma. He also discovered the BRCA2 breast cancer susceptibility gene.


Genomic Health's shareholders earlier this month re-elected the company's board of directors. Members of the board will continue serving until the company's 2014 annual meeting. The re-elected board members are Kimberly Popovits, Felix Baker, Julian Baker, Fred Cohen, Samuel Colella, Ginger Graham, Randall Livingston, and Woodrow Myers.

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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.