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Carol Kovac, James Neal


Carol Kovac, general manager of life sciences solutions at IBM, will be inducted into the Women in Technology International’s Hall of Fame on June 20th. Kovac, along with two other inductees, will be honored during an awards gala held at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The 2002 honorees will join 38 other WITI Hall of Fame recipients, a tradition that was established in 1996 to recognize the contributions women make to technology and science.

Chemogenomics company Iconix Pharmaceuticals has hired James Neal as CEO. Neal was previously executive vice president for sales, marketing and business development at Incyte Genomics. He replaces company founder Keith Bostian.

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Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.

DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.