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Mark Adams is now the scientific director at the J. Craig Venter Institute. He joins the institute from Case Western Reserve University, where he was an associate professor in the department of genetics. Previously, Adams worked at Celera, where he led the team that sequenced the first human genome, the fruit fly genome, and the mouse and rat genome, and he worked at the Institute for Genomic Research, serving as DNA sequencing facility director, assistant investigator, and director of the department of eukaryotic genomes.


Roche Applied Science has appointed Thomas Shinecker to be the new president and lifecycle leader for sequencing at 454 Life Sciences. Shinecker, who will take the position in August, has spent over eight years at Roche.

The Scan

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.