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People in the News: An Interim CEO at Vermillion and More

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Vermillion has named Bruce Huebner interim CEO, taking over for Gail Page, who will serve as a strategic advisor to the company. The company’s board has formed a succession committee and retained an executive search firm to find a new CEO to fill the post long-term.

Huebner will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors. His executive management experience includes stints as president of Osmetech, president and CEO of Nanogen, and executive vice president and chief operating officer at Gen-Probe.


CombiMatrix has appointed Jeremy Jones to its board of directors.

Jones is currently chairman of healthcare staffing firm On Assignment as well as a member of the advisory board of MedidaMetrics. Previously he served as chairman of the Health Industry Distributors Association and on the board of the National Association of Medical Equipment Services.

The Scan

Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.

Family Genetic Risk Score Linked to Diagnostic Trajectory in Psychiatric Disorders

Researchers in JAMA Psychiatry find ties between high or low family genetic risk scores and diagnostic stability or change in four major psychiatric disorders over time.

Study Questions Existence of Fetal Microbiome

A study appearing in Nature this week suggests that the reported fetal microbiome might be the result of sample contamination.

Fruit Fly Study Explores Gut Microbiome Effects on Circadian Rhythm

With gut microbiome and gene expression experiments, researchers in PNAS see signs that the microbiome contributes to circadian rhythm synchronicity and stability in fruit flies.