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People in the News: Agilent Names DePinho Thought Leader and More

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Agilent Technologies said this week that it has awarded its Agilent Thought Leader Award to Ronald DePinho, an oncologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The award provides funds for personnel and an Agilent 6550 iFunnel Q-TOF LC/MS system to support research. DePinho and his team are seeking to discover and characterize alterations in metabolic flux during tumor initiation and maintenance and to identify biomarkers for detecting pancreatic cancer.


Aushon Biosystems said this week it has appointed Thomas Mac Mahon to its board of directors.

Mac Mahon is a presiding director of Aristotle Holding and Express Scripts and was chairman of Laboratory Corporation of America from 1996 to 2009 and CEO and president from 1997 to 2006. Before that he was senior vice president at Hoffmann-La Roche and president of Roche Diagnostics.


Definiens has appointed Ralf Huss to be chief medical officer.

Huss has 20 years of training and experience in histopathology and cancer research, including serving as global head of histopathology and tissue biomarker at Roche Diagnostics, and he co-founded the biotech company APCETH.

The Scan

Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.

Family Genetic Risk Score Linked to Diagnostic Trajectory in Psychiatric Disorders

Researchers in JAMA Psychiatry find ties between high or low family genetic risk scores and diagnostic stability or change in four major psychiatric disorders over time.

Study Questions Existence of Fetal Microbiome

A study appearing in Nature this week suggests that the reported fetal microbiome might be the result of sample contamination.

Fruit Fly Study Explores Gut Microbiome Effects on Circadian Rhythm

With gut microbiome and gene expression experiments, researchers in PNAS see signs that the microbiome contributes to circadian rhythm synchronicity and stability in fruit flies.