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Pairings: Jun 17, 2009


UK-based DxS announced last week the appointment of Ron Long as the company's new chairman.

Prior to this appointment, Long served as non-executive director of DxS since July 2008. While serving as the new chairman, Long will retains his positions at Medivir and Procognia Israel. He will replace DxS' current chairman David Evans, who is stepping down from the position.

Long has four decades of industry experience, working at firms such as Wellcome Foundation and Amersham where he was vice chairman. DxS did not say why Evans was stepping down.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.