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Movers & Shakers: Oct 21, 2011


Agilent this week awarded Michael MacCoss $75,000 as part of its 2011 eMerging Insights grant program in support of his work on open source data-integration tools.

MacCoss is an assistant professor at the University of Washington and the developer of the Skyline Targeted Proteomics Environment – an open-source proteomics software platform for building selected reaction-monitoring mass spec assays.

Entitled "Validating Protein Pathway Information: Integrating Proteomic Data with Transcriptomic or Metabolomic Data Sets," the grant will aid MacCoss's efforts to expand Skyline's offerings to include analysis of genomic and metabolomic data using Agilent's GeneSpring software.

Microfluidic immunoassay firm Gyros has appointed Jon-Sverre Schanche as chief technology officer and vice president of technical affairs. Nils Kristensen, chief operating officer and vice president of technical operations; and Stephan Hoffmann, vice president of business development, are both leaving the company.

Previously Schanche was vice president of R&D at Dako Denmark A/S. Before that he was vice president of R&D at Personal Chemistry and Biotage.

The Scan

Billion-Dollar Diversity Initiative

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is now accepting applications for its new $1.5 billion initiative to boost the diversity of the scientific workforce.

Biotech Co-Founder Arrested

A co-founder of a Los Angeles-based biotech company has been arrested in connection with a murder-for-hire scheme, according to Endpoint News.

Return of the Tasmanian Tiger

The Washington Post reports that a team in Australia is working to bring the thylacine back from extinction.

Nature Papers on Genome of Individual From Pompeii, CircRNA Study Best Practices, More

In Nature this week: first sequenced genome of a person from Pompeii, best practice guidelines for circRNA studies, and more.