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People in the News: Mike Stratton, Harry Hixson, Ron Lindsay, Kimberly Popovits, Felix Baker, More

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Mike Stratton, director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, has been knighted in the UK. Stratton founded the Cancer Genome Project at the Sanger Institute, leading the team that discovered mutations in the BRAF gene in malignant melanoma. In 2009, his team published the first full genome sequencing of two tumors, a lung cancer and a malignant melanoma. Early in his career, he discovered the BRCA2 breast cancer susceptibility gene.


Sequenom's stockholders have re-elected its board of directors to serve until the company's next annual meeting, in 2014. The board includes Ernst-Günter Afting; Kenneth Buechler, John Fazio, Harry Hixson, Myla Lai-Goldman, Richard Lerner, Ronald Lindsay, David Pendarvis, and Charles Slacik.


Genomic Health's shareholders on June 6 re-elected the company's board of directors to continue serving until the company's 2014 annual meeting. The re-elected members include Kimberly Popovits, Felix Baker, Julian Baker, Fred Cohen, Samuel Colella, Ginger Graham, Randall Livingston, and Woodrow Myers.

The Scan

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.

Not Quite Sent

The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post.

DTC Regulation Proposals

A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports.

PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy

In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.