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Snippets: Sep 14, 2011


Wendy Rubinstein will be a senior scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine starting Sept. 25. In this position, Rubinstein will lead the NIH Genetic Testing Registry project.

Previously, Rubinstein was clinical associate professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She also directed the Center for Medical Genetics at Chicago's NorthShore University HealthSystem and was the chief of the genetics division at Evanston Hospital.

The National Human Genome Research Institute appointed Mark Guyer, current director of NHGRI's Division of Extramural Research, to be the institute's deputy director, and promoted James Mullikin to be director of its Intramural Sequencing Center from his present post as acting director.

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.