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Svante Pääbo has been chosen as winner of the 2013 Genetics Prize of the Gruber Foundation, an accolade that includes a $500,000 award. Pääbo, who is director of the Department of Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, won the award because of his pioneering efforts in the field of molecular paleontology, which uses genomics technologies and approaches to study prehistoric life.


CombiMatrix announced that Chief Commercial Officer Mark McDonough will take over as CEO effective March 15. He succeeds Judd Jessup, who is retiring. McDonough joined CombiMatrix in August 2012 from Pathwork Diagnostics, where he was VP of sales, customer service, and training. He also has worked for US Labs, Dianon, Laboratory Corporation of America, EMC, and Ventana Medical Systems.

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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.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.