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Harry Stylli, Stephen David, Volker Muschalek, Michael Murphy, and Christine Seidman

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Harry Stylli has been appointed the new President and CEO of Sequenom, the company said this week. Stylli most recently served as President and CEO of Xencor, where he is still a member of the board of directors. He earned a PhD from the London University's Faculty of Medicine, and an MA in business administration from the UK's Open University.


Stephen David has joined Nonlinear Dynamics' strategic marketing team, the Newcastle upon Tyne, UK-based company said this week. He comes to Nonlinear from GE Healthcare, formerly Amersham Biosciences, where he worked as DiGE global applications specialist.


Volker Muschalek has left MWG Biotech, effective May 31, the company said this week. He was one of two members of the company's management board and in charge of operations, human resources, IT, and the company's India business.


Michael Murphy has become senior vice president of operations of Pacific Biometrics, the company said this week. He joins the Pacific from LabCorp, where he was a technical director. Murphy holds a doctorate in pathology and physiological chemistry from Ohio State University and a BS in natural sciences from Xavier University in Cincinnati.


Christine Seidman has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the Harvard Medical School-Partners HealthCare Center for Genetics and Genomics said last week. She is an associate director of HPCGG; director of the cardiovascular genetics service at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston; and a Howard Hughes investigator.

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'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.