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People In The News: Sep 25, 2009

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Former PerkinElmer Chairman and CEO Gregory Summe has joined The Carlyle Group as vice chairman of global buyout, a new position. Summe started his term at PerkinElmer in 1998 as president and COO, and before that he worked at AlliedSignal, General Aviation Avionics, General Electric, and McKinsey & Co. Before joining The Carlyle Group, Summe was serving as a senior advisor to Goldman Sachs.


Myriad Genetics has named Louise Phanstiel and Lawrence Best to its board of directors. Phanstiel formerly was an executive at WellPoint and at Coopers and Lybrand. Best is chairman and founder of OXO Capital, and he spent 15 years at Boston Scientific, where he served as an executive VP and CFO.


Among 24 people recently notified by the MacArthur Foundation that they had won its 2009 Fellows awards, the so-called 'Genius Awards,' are biologists Lin He and Beth Shapiro.

The $500,000 MacArthur prizes are awarded over a five-year period with "no strings attached," the foundation said this week.

Lin He, a molecular biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, has studied the role of microRNAs in cancer development. Evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro of Pennsylvania State University studies genomes of extinct animals such as the mammoth or dodo, and threatened species such as bison and polar bears.


Tommy Nilsson, a full professor in McGill University's Department of Medicine has been named Canada Research Chair in Proteomics and Systems Medicine through a funding program from the Canadian government. Under the Tier 1 Research Chair award, Nilsson received an award of C$1.4 million ($1.3 million).


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The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.