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Stefan Hoops, Jason Theodosiou, André Michel

Stefan Hoops, a computational systems biologist at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, has been named an SBML (Systems Biology Markup Language) editor. In this position, he will help manage the overall SBML development process. Members of the SBML community nominate and vote for SBML editors, who maintain the SMBL website, monitor discussions, edit the new specification, and organize annual SBML forum meetings. The current number of SBML editors has been expanded from two to five, each serving a term of three years.

Aureus Pharma has appointed Jason Theodosiou as its new CEO, replacing André Michel, the founder of the company, who has been appointed chairman of its supervisory board. Theodosiou was previously chief operating officer of Aureus. Prior to joining the firm, he held executive management positions at Elsevier MDL, Lion Bioscience, and EMAX/SciQuest. Michel was previously a professor of chemistry at Sherbrooke University and director of the discovery centers at Servier.


Note to Readers: This is the last issue of BioInform to publish in 2006. The next issue of the newsletter will appear on Friday, Jan. 5.

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Adenine Base Editor Targets SCID Mutation in New Study

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, report in Cell that adenine base editing was able to produce functional T lymphocytes in a model of severe combined immune deficiency.

Researchers Find Gene Affecting Alkaline Sensitivity in Plants

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science have found a locus affecting alkaline-salinity sensitivity, which could aid in efforts to improve crop productivity, as they report in Science.

International Team Proposes Checklist for Returning Genomic Research Results

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics present a checklist to guide the return of genomic research results to study participants.