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Agilent this week awarded Chinese Academy of Sciences researcher Junying Yuan an Agilent Thought Leader award in recognition of her research in cellular biology and neurodegenerative diseases.

Yuan and her team use mass spectrometry to study interactions of metabolite-protein, protein-protein and genetic networks involved in the etiology of neurodegenerative disease. Primarily focused on metabolomics, she now plans to integrate her lab's metabolomic data with transcriptomic and proteomic data with the aim of identifying protein targets or biomarkers linked to neurodegenerative disease.


Waters' John Ornell plans to resign from his post as chief financial officer, effective Feb. 1, 2014, after which he will continue to serve the company as an advisor on a part-time basis.

Eugene Cassis, who currently is corporate VP of worldwide business development and investor relations, will step into the CFO role on an interim basis when Ornell leaves the position. Cassis has been with the company for 33 years and has an extensive background in the firm's financial, operational, and technical activities.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.