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Steve Burrill has resigned as a director of Clinical Data, effective immediately, the company said last week in a statement.

"Steve has now been requested by his partners to limit his board commitments and participation only to companies in which Burrill & Company has a substantial financial interest," Randal Kirk, chairman of Clinical Data's board, said in the statement.


HistoRx has added three senior managers to focus on its Aqua platform, the company announced last week.

The new team includes Donna Marino, vice president of diagnostics, Lorah Perlee, president of technical operations, and Robert Tuttle, director of bioinformatics.

Marino comes to HistoRx from Genomic Healthcare Strategies, where she was a principal. She has also worked at the Unite Acquisition Group, Unilever, Grand Metropolitan, and Laderle Laboratories. At HistoRx she will lead the diagnostics business unit and hire a team to bring the tests to market.

Perlee was previously director of scientific applications at Protedyne. She has also held positions at Molecular Staging, Diagxotics, and Lifecodes. At HistoRx, Perlee will oversee core services.

Tuttle was previously at CuraGen as bioinformatics systems manager. He has held senior positions at Turbogenomics and Gerber Scientific. He will lead commercial development of HistoRx's Aqua platform.

 

New Releases

BioMerieux this week launched its NucliSens EasyQ avian influenza detection test for reference laboratories, the company said this week in a statement. Intended for research purposes, the test can detect both H5 and N1 genetic targets in 90 minutes with the company's NucliSens molecular biology systems, BioMerieux added.


The International Tandem Repeat Consortium this week released a database of tandem genetic repeats at www.microsatellites.org. The ITRC said it plans to continue adding tandem repeats from diverse organisms to the database, and to integrate the information into existing genome databases.

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Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'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.