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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

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.