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People in the News: Jul 9, 2010 (rev. 1)

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Genome annotation firm Omicia has disclosed the members of its scientific and medical advisory board:

  • Michael Ashburner, professor in the department of genetics at Cambridge University;
  • Pui-Yan Kwok, professor of cardiovascular genetics at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco;
  • George Miklos, director of Secure Genetics and chief scientific officer of Human Genetic Signatures;
  • James Scott, head of genomic cardiology at Imperial College London;
  • Terry Speed, professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and head of the bioinformatics division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia; and
  • John Witte, professor of epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco.
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