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International School of Advanced BioMedicine and Bioinformatics, Lipari International School for Computer Science Researchers, Sebastian Meyer-Plath, Jizhong Zhou


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The International School of Advanced BioMedicine and Bioinformatics and the Lipari International School for Computer Science Researchers are jointly organizing a two-week course on "Proteomes and Proteins." The course will be held on Lipari — an island off the coast of Eastern Sicily — from July 9 to July 22, 2006. It will focus on describing knowledge of proteomes, their dynamic changes during the life cycle of cells and organisms, and their modifications in disease states.

More information on the course is available at


Movers & Shakers

Sebastian Meyer-Plath returned to Bruker Daltonics as vice president for its nuclear, biological, and chemical business and as a managing director of Bruker Daltonik GmbH, the Bruker Daltonik operation in Leipzig, Germany, the company said this week.

He originally joined Bruker in 1993, and held several project- and product-management positions in the company. He left in 2002 for Germany's Advalytix AG and joined Smiths Detection as vice president of sales & marketing in 2003.

At its Oct. 25 meeting, University of Oklahoma's Board of Regents decided to bring Jizhong Zhou to the university as a functional genomics researcher, said Lee Williams, vice president of research. Zhou's genomics laboratory on campus is expected to be fully operational by January 2006.

Prior to his OU appointment, Zhou was in Oak Ridge, Tenn. at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The Scan

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Additional Genes

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In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.