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Michael Ashburner, Leroy Hood, Aaron Shatkin, Jeffrey Trent, Robert Brown Jr.,

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Gene expression company RheoGene of Charlottesville, Va., has named several bioinformatics luminaries to its scientific advisory board.

Michael Ashburner, joint head of the European Bioinformatics Institute and professor of biology at the University of Cambridge, and Leroy Hood, founder and president of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Wash., have both been appointed to the board.

New advisors also include Aaron Shatkin, director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine in Piscataway, NJ, and Jeffrey Trent, scientific director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. Shatkin will serve as chairman of the board.

Robert Brown Jr., professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Day Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass., has joined the scientific advisory board of AlphaGene, based in Woburn, Mass.

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