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Movers & Shakers: Feb 18, 2011

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GE Healthcare said this week that Life Sciences CEO and President Peter Ehrenheim will retire this year and will be replaced by Kieran Murphy, who currently is head of Global Commercial Operations, Life Sciences.

Murphy will step into job in April, and after a period of transition, Ehrenheim will retire at the end of July. Ehrenheim was a mechanical engineer with Pharmacia, which was acquired by Amersham in 1997, which in turn was acquired by GE. Murphy was CEO of Whatman, which was acquired by GE Healthcare in 2008. He also has worked at Janssen Pharmaceutical, at Vericore, and at Novartis.

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LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.