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Leroy Hood, Michael Hunkapiller, Nina Fedoroff

The Pittsburgh Conference announced this week that Leroy Hood will deliver the plenary lecture during the opening session of Pittcon 2008 in New Orleans March 2. Hood is the president of the Institute for Systems Biology.
Pittcon also will present its Heritage Award to Michael Hunkapiller, the former president of Applied Biosystems, at Pittcon. Hunkapiller is presently a general partner at venture capital firm Alloy Ventures.

Nina Fedoroff has resigned from the board of Sigma-Aldrich to become Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s Science and Technology Adviser, the company said this week. Fedoroff was named to the position two weeks ago. During her three-year term as Science and Technology Adviser, she will be on leave from Penn State University where she is a professor of biology.
Sigma-Aldrich has not named her replacement yet, a company spokesman said.

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Test Warning

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Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.