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Craig Venter, Steven Block, Jeffrey Dangl, Kevin Krenitsky, Dindyal Ramkissoon

Arizona State University will grant Craig Venter an honorary doctorate at its commencement ceremony on May 10. Venter is chairman and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute.

Steven Block and Jeffrey Dangl are among 72 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Block is a professor of applied physical and biological sciences at Stanford University, and published a paper on single-molecule sequencing last year.
Dangl is John N. Couch distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and associate director of the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences.

Kevin Krenitsky has become CEO of genomics services firm BioServe. Prior to joining BioServe, Krenitsky was CEO of Parkway Clinical Laboratories, a clinical diagnostic testing lab. Prior to that, he was senior vice president and division head at SeraCare Life Sciences’ Genomics Collaborative biobanking division. Krenitsky replaces Ramakrishna Modali. Modali, who founded BioServe, is now listed on the company’s website as president.

CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics has named Dindyal Ramkissoon vice president of sales and marketing. He will be responsible for leading the company’s sales initiatives for its molecular diagnostics business and for assembling CombiMatrix’s national sales force. Prior to joining CombiMatrix, Ramkissoon was US sales manager at Applied Spectral Imaging.

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NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.