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People in the News: Matthew Britz, Francesco Caiazza, Aditi Hazra, Neetu Singh


Retrogenix has tapped Matthew Britz to be its North American business development director. Britz will operate out of the UK firm's newly established US office in Cambridge, Mass. He previously served as director of business development at Evory Therapeutics and earlier in his career held scientific and managerial positions at Pfizer, Merck, and Acambis.

Affymetrix has announced the three recipients of its 2014 Tumor Profiling Grant. The grants support translational cancer research. Recipients receive tools to discover and validate at least two different analytes – DNA, RNA, or protein – from 30 tumor samples.

The new recipients and their project titles are:

  • Francesco Caiazza from University College Dublin, for "Discovery and validation of biomarkers of resistance to Cetuximab in metastatic colorectal cancer."
  • Aditi Hazra from Brigham and Women's Hospital for "Discovery and validation of genomic and transcriptomic biomarkers associated with rapid onset of inflammatory breast cancer."
  • Neetu Singh of King George's Medical University, India, for "Genomics and transcriptomics of chronic myeloid leukemia in North Indians."
  • The Scan

    Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

    Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

    Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

    Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

    Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

    Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

    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.