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Matthias Uhlen, Young-Ki Paik, Xiaohong Qian, Rolf Apweiler, Angelika Gorg, Helmut Meyer, Bochum University, Roman Zubarev, Catherine Fenselau, Peipei Ping, Richard Smith, Walter Bodmer, Eric Johnstone, April Manness

The Human Proteome Organization this week announced the results of its elections held last week. Matthias Uhlen from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and Richard Simpson from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Australia, were elected to HUPO’s executive committee. Uhlen, a member-at-large, will serve in 2008. Simpson, who will be treasurer/chair of the finance committee, will serve from 2008 to 2010.
The following were elected HUPO council members with terms running from 2008 to 2010: In the Asia/Oceana section, Young-Ki Paik from Yonsei University in Korea; Xiaohong Qian from the National Center of Biomedical Analysis in Beijing; and Simpson.
In the Europe/Africa section: Rolf Apweiler from the European Bioinformatics Institute; Angelika Gorg from Munich Technical University; Helmut Meyer from Bochum University in Germany; and Roman Zubarev from Uppsala University.
In the Americas section: Catherine Fenselau from the University of Maryland; Peipei Ping from the University of California, Los Angeles; and Richard Smith from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Oxford Genome Sciences announced this week the appointment of Walter Bodmer to its scientific advisory board. Bodmer is currently head of the Cancer and Immunogenetics Laboratory in the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford University. Prior to that, he was director general of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. He also had been a professor at Oxford and Stanford University.

Miraculins this week announced the appointment of Eric Johnstone as chief financial officer. He had been controller at the company. He succeeds April Manness who is on maternity leave.

The Scan

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Study Tracks Outcomes in Children Born to Zika Virus-Infected Mothers

By following pregnancy outcomes for women with RT-PCR-confirmed Zika virus infections, researchers saw in Lancet Regional Health congenital abnormalities in roughly one-third of live-born children.

Team Presents Benchmark Study of RNA Classification Tools

With more than 135 transcriptomic datasets, researchers tested two dozen coding and non-coding RNA classification tools, establishing a set of potentially misclassified transcripts, as they report in Nucleic Acids Research.

Breast Cancer Risk Related to Pathogenic BRCA1 Mutation May Be Modified by Repeats

Several variable number tandem repeats appear to impact breast cancer risk and age at diagnosis in almost 350 individuals carrying a risky Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1 founder mutation.