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Movers & Shakers: Jul 9, 2009


Mark Lively became the 94th president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology on July 1.

Also, William Talman, a professor of neurology and neuroscience at the University of Iowa, was voted FASEB's president-elect.

Lively is a professor of biochemistry at Wake Forest University, where is he is also director of the Molecular Genetics Program and director of the Biomolecular Resource Laboratory. His presidency at FASEB is for one year.

FASEB is a coalition of 22-member societies comprising more than 90,000 biomedical researchers. Lively was appointed to the FASEB board in 2004 as a representative for the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities. He was ABRF's president from 2001 to 2002.

Pronota last week said that Ruth Devenyns has joined its board.

Devenyns is an investment director at KBC Private Equity, an investor in Pronota. KBC participated in the recent €4.9 million first close of Series B financing by Pronota [see accompanying story this issue].

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.