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Greg Lucier, Mark Stevenson, Tony White, Michael Rowe

Greg Lucier, chairman and CEO of Invitrogen, will assume that same role following consummation of the firm’s merger with Applied Biosystems, expected to close in the fall. Mark Stevenson, currently president and COO of ABI, will retain that role in the merged company, which will keep the ABI name. Tony White, chairman, president, and CEO of ABI parent Applera, will serve as a consultant to ABI following the deal.

Gene Express has appointed Michael Rowe to be senior VP of global marketing.
Rowe formerly was director of cardiovascular marketing at Women First Healthcare, senior marketing director at Pfizer, director of global outcomes research and strategic marketing at Allergan, and manager of international marketing and marketing research at Warner-Lambert Company.

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Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

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.