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People in the News: Aug 27, 2010 (rev. 1)


The Institute for Systems Biology has appointed Joseph Nadeau as its director of research and academic affairs.

Prior to accepting the position at ISB, Nadeau organized and led a group at the Jackson Laboratory to build a comprehensive database for the genetics, genomics, and biology of the mouse and taught at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.

In his position with ISB, Nadeau will be involved in cross-disciplinary grant proposals, mentoring junior faculty and senior research fellows, and helping to establish ISB's strategic directions and research priorities.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.