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Art Williams, William Busa, Dan Rokhsar


Art Williams has been appointed chief information officer at Genomics Collaborative of Cambridge, Mass. He most recently established and led the pharmaceutical development informatics group at Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Pharmaceutical Research Institute. Previously, he held senior positions in information technology at SmithKline Beecham where he founded and ran the bioinformatics group, with overall responsibility for the management of genomic and biological sequence data, bioinformatics systems development, and bioinformatics support and training for the company and its partners.

Cellomics of Pittsburgh, Pa., has promoted William Busa to chief scientific officer and vice president for bioinformatics at Cellomics. Busa will continue to direct the bioinformatics program at Cellomics and in his added role as CSO he will help in the assessment and resolution of scientific opportunities and challenges for the organization. The CSO will participate in reviewing, exploring, and recommending scientific directions for Cellomics.

Dan Rokhsar, a physics professor at University of California, Berkeley, has been named the acting associate director for computational genomics at the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, Calif. The search for a permanent associate director has not begun yet, said a JGI spokesman.

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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.