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People in the News: Oct 13, 2009

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Pat Brown has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the academy said this week.

Brown has been an HHMI investigator since 2002. He is a professor of biochemistry at the Stanford University School of Medicine.


Pat Brooks has been named vice president of North American sales at Pacific Biosciences, the firm said last week. Brooks was previously vice president of sales for Affymetrix.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.