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Movers & Shakers: Jul 29, 2011


Proteome Sciences has appointed Glenn Barney vice president of business development in North America.

Previously, Barney was VP of business development for NextGen Sciences. He has also held senior positions at Decision Biomarkers and PerkinElmer.

Dario Alessi has been appointed director of the Medical Research Council's Protein Phosphorylation Unit at the University of Dundee, a research group dedicated to the study of protein phosphorylation.

Alessi is currently deputy director of the unit as well as a professor of signal transduction in the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. In 2005 he was awarded the EMBO Gold Medal, a research prize for life scientists under the age of 40, and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2008.

Alessi will succeed the current director Philip Cohen, who will step down in April 2012.

BG Medicine has appointed former BioMérieux CEO Stephane Bancel to serve as chairman of its board of directors.

Bancel will replace Noubar Afeyan, a company founder and chairman of the board since the company's inception as well as CEO and managing partner of Flagship Ventures. Afeyan will continue to serve on the firm's board.

The Scan

Genes Linked to White-Tailed Jackrabbits' Winter Coat Color Change

Climate change, the researchers noted in Science, may lead to camouflage mismatch and increase predation of white-tailed jackrabbits.

Adenine Base Editor Targets SCID Mutation in New Study

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, report in Cell that adenine base editing was able to produce functional T lymphocytes in a model of severe combined immune deficiency.

Researchers Find Gene Affecting Alkaline Sensitivity in Plants

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science have found a locus affecting alkaline-salinity sensitivity, which could aid in efforts to improve crop productivity, as they report in Science.

International Team Proposes Checklist for Returning Genomic Research Results

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics present a checklist to guide the return of genomic research results to study participants.