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Ralph D Agostino, Joseph Massaro, Alan Blatecky


Harvard Clinical Research Institute has hired Ralph D’Agostino as executive director of data management and biostatistics and Joseph Massaro as managing director of data management and biostatistics. D’Agostino is currently the director of the statistics and consulting unit and executive director of the MA/PhD program in biostatistics at Boston University. He is also the co-PI and director of data management and statistical analysis of the Framingham Heart Study. Massaro was formerly director of statistical operations at the Cambridge, Mass., office of Quintiles.

Alan Blatecky, who currently directs the National Science Foundation’s Middleware Initiative, has joined the San Diego Supercomputer Center as executive director. Blatecky also serves on the advisory committee of the Biomedical Informatics Research Network and has served as vice president of IT and networking and supercomputing at MCNC (Microelectronics Center of North Carolina).

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The Scan

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.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.