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People in the News: Apr 24, 2009

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - CombiMatrix has named Karine Hovanes to serve as lab director for its CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics subsidiary. Hovanes formerly was at Laboratory Corporation of America, and is a diplomat of the American Board of Medical Genetics in Clinical Molecular Genetics and Clinical Cytogenetics.


Dietrich Stephan has joined the scientific advisory board of Mitrionics, which provides parallel processing software and accelerated hybrid computing servers based on FPGA technology. He is the co-founder and chief science officer of Navigenics. Previously, he was deputy director for discovery research and founding chairman of the neurogenomics division at the Translational Genomics Research Institute. He is the first member of the Mitrionics SAB.


Spartan Bioscience has made some changes in its management staff. The company has promoted Susie Kagel to serve as director of US sales operations; Jay Rau to be director of business development; Sanjay Belkhode, former director of sales operations, now has been named director of channel development; and Shelley Mullins will work in the company’s public relations and communications group.


The Obama Administration has nominated William Brinkman to be director of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Brinkman is a senior research physicist at Princeton University and former vice president for research at Bell Labs and at Sandia National Laboratory.


Elias Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health from 2002 to 2008 and more recently a senior fellow for global health with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will return to Johns Hopkins Medicine as a senior adviser, effective May 1.

"With a new administration in Washington, a global economic downturn and anticipated reforms in health care finance and delivery, we will look to him again for help and sound guidance," Edward Miller, dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, said in a statement.

The Scan

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.