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The Scripps Research Institute has named Michael Marletta to succeed long-time Scripps President Richard Lerner, who plans to continue his research at the institute after stepping down from the lead position.

Marletta was the chair of the chemistry department and a professor in the molecular and cell biology department at The University of California-Berkeley. He is also a former MacArthrur Fellowship winner. Lerner has led the institute for 25 years.


GE Healthcare said that Life Sciences CEO and President Peter Ehrenheim will retire this year and will be replaced by Kieran Murphy, who currently is head of global commercial operations in the Life Sciences division.

Murphy will step into job in April, and after a period of transition, Ehrenheim will retire at the end of July. Ehrenheim was a mechanical engineer with Pharmacia, which was acquired by Amersham in 1997, which in turn was acquired by GE. Murphy was CEO of Whatman, which was acquired by GE Healthcare in 2008. He also has worked at Janssen Pharmaceutical, at Vericore, and at Novartis.

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Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.