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Claude Benchimol, John Carrino

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Claude Benchimol has been appointed senior vice president of R&D at Invitrogen. Benchimol, who was most recently vice president and general manager of global technology for General Electric’s Medical Systems, Information Technologies division, will report directly to Gregory Lucier, Invitrogen’s president and CEO. John Carrino, who previously served as vice president of R&D for Invitrogen, will become the company's chief scientist.

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Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.