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Movers & Shakers: Dec 17, 2010

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Agilent announced this week that it has awarded David Botstein and his colleagues Joshua Rabinowitz, Benjamin Garcia, and Leonid Kruglyak an Agilent Thought Leader Award for their work in systems biology.

Botstein is professor and director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and the Center for Quantitative Biology at Princeton University. The three-year award from the Agilent Technologies Foundation includes a donation of a microfluidic LC chip system, a 1290 Infinity UHPLC system, and a 6500 quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer. In all, the award is valued at more than $800,000.


Thermo Fisher said this week that it has elected Nelson Chai to its board of directors.

Chai is the executive vice president, chief administrative officer, and head of strategy for bank holding company CIT Group. Previously, he served as president, Asia-Pacific, for Bank of America; and executive vice president and CFO of Merrill Lynch. Chai also served in senior positions at Allied Signal, Philip Morris, and Dade-Behring.


InGen Biosciences this week appointed Isabelle Buckle as CEO, replacing Jean-Pierre Hermet, who will be moving to chairman.

Previously Buckle was business director for global strategic accounts at Applied Biosystems. Before that she worked at Ciphergen Biosystems, where she launched the company's proteomics business, and at Amersham Pharmacia Biotech.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.