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Bio-Rad Laboratories, Guy della Cioppa, James Glover

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Bio-Rad Laboratories has enhanced its KnowItAll Informatics System with Overlap Density Heatmaps and Overlap Density Consensus Object displays, the company said last week at the Pittcon convention in Orlando, Fla.

The patent-pending Overlap Density technologies enable researchers to visualize the most common, through least common, features of overlapped objects by color coding the areas from the highest to the lowest amount of overlap, Bio-Rad said. The technologies can be used to analyze large amounts of graphical data such as the mass spectra that come out of proteomics experiments.

 

Movers & Shakers

Guy della Cioppa, the head of business development at Advanced Ideas in Medicine, died on the March 3 after his vehicle veered off a road near Davis, Calif., and hit a tree, according to a local newspaper. He was 56.

According to The Reporter, della Cioppa was alone, driving a rented Ford Taurus westbound on County Road 31 when the vehicle drifted from the road. He died at 6:33 a.m. from a blunt chest injury.

Della Cioppa served as vice president of business development at Predictive Diagnostics until June 2005, when he left the company to form AIM, a new company that focuses on proteomic-based diagnostics for the early detection of cancer.


James Glover will retire from Beckman Coulter on June 30, the company said this week.

In an SEC filing the company said that Glover, chief financial officer, will retain his current pay and benefits for 18 months after his retirement date, that he will receive a pro-rated bonus for 2006, and his stock options will vest early, on his retirement date.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.