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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

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.