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People in the News: Brian Athey, Ralph Quatrano, Martin Leach, and Bruce Pasternack

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Appistry has added several new members to its scientific and technology advisory board

The list includes Brian Athey, who will serve as chairman of the board. Athey was recently tapped to chair the department of computational medicine and bioinformatics at the University of Michigan medical school (BI 1/20/2012).

Other members include Ralph Quatrano, a professor of biology and dean of engineering and applied science at Washington University, St. Louis; and Martin Leach, chief information officer at the Broad Institute.


Bruce Pasternack has resigned from Accelrys' board of directors, according to documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.


The Scan

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.

Study Reveals Potential Sex-Specific Role for Noncoding RNA in Depression

A long, noncoding RNA called FEDORA appears to be a sex-specific regulator of major depressive disorder, affecting more women, researchers report in Science Advances.

New mRNA Vaccines Offer Hope for Fighting Malaria

A George Washington University-led team has developed mRNA vaccines for malaria that appear to provide protection in mice, as they report in NPJ Vaccines.

Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.