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Pairings: Apr 22, 2009


Frank Witney has left his positions at Affymetrix as executive VP and chief commercial officer to serve as president and CEO of the chemical chromatography systems maker Dionex. He replaces Lukas Braunschweiler, who has been president and CEO of Dionex since 2002. Braunschweiler left the post to serve as president and CEO of Ruag Holding.

Witney was president of drug discovery tools at PerkinElmer and he was president and CEO of Panomics before it was purchased last year by Affymetrix.

Mitrionics, a developer of parallel processing software and accelerated hybrid computing servers, has appointed Dietrich Stephan as its first scientific advisory board member.

Stephan is the co-founder and chief science officer for the consumer genomics firms Navigenics, chairman of the National Institutes of Health Neuroscience Microarray Consortium, and founding chairman of the neurogenomics division of the Translational Genomics Research Institute.

Karine Hovanes has joined Combimatrix Molecular Diagnostics as its new laboratory director. Prior to joining Combimatrix, Hoyanes was assistant lab director of US Labs, now a part of Laboratory Corporation of America.

The Scan

International Team Proposes Checklist for Returning Genomic Research Results

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics present a checklist to guide the return of genomic research results to study participants.

Study Presents New Insights Into How Cancer Cells Overcome Telomere Shortening

Researchers report in Nucleic Acids Research that ATRX-deficient cancer cells have increased activity of the alternative lengthening of telomeres pathway.

Researchers Link Telomere Length With Alzheimer's Disease

Within UK Biobank participants, longer leukocyte telomere length is associated with a reduced risk of dementia, according to a new study in PLOS One.

Nucleotide Base Detected on Near-Earth Asteroid

Among other intriguing compounds, researchers find the nucleotide uracil, a component of RNA sequences, in samples collected from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, as they report in Nature Communications.