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Pittcon 2006, Renato Paro, David Harvey, Michael Hogan, David Julien, Jai Nagarkatti, Franklin Wicks, Mansoor Mohammed


New Products

The following companies released new products with proteomics applications at Pittcon 2006: Agilent Technologies, Bruker Daltonics, Cerno Bioscience, Dionex, Shimadzu, Varian, Waters, and Wyatt Technology. Applied Biosystems and Thermo Electron showcased recently released products.

For a list of the new products and brief descriptions, see table.


Movers & Shakers

Renato Paro was named professor for biosystems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, and will be a founding director of the Center of Biosystems Science and Engineering, ETH said last week.

The C-BSSE will have 15 professorships in different disciplines of life sciences, engineering, and informatics and will integrate research activities of ETH Zurich, the University of Basel and the University of Zurich, according to the statement.

Paro is a director of the Center for Molecular Biology at Heidelberg University in Germany.

Sigma-Aldrich announced cash bonuses for 2005 on Monday: David Harvey, chairman, receives $584,000; Michael Hogan, chief financial officer, receives $260,000; David Julien, president of research specialties, receives $188,000; Jai Nagarkatti, president and CEO, receives $341,000; and Franklin Wicks, president, SAFC, receives $194,000.

Mansoor Mohammed joined CombiMatrix as chief scientific officer and director, the company said this week.

Mohammed studied clinical cytogenetics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at Baylor College of Medicine, where he directed research and development of Spectral Genomics. He comes to Combimatrix from Quest Diagnostics, where he was director of advanced technologies. He serves as ambassador of sciences to the Toronto Genome Center.

The Scan

Researchers Compare WGS, Exome Sequencing-Based Mendelian Disease Diagnosis

Investigators find a diagnostic edge for whole-genome sequencing, while highlighting the cost advantages and improving diagnostic rate of exome sequencing in EJHG.

Researchers Retrace Key Mutations in Reassorted H1N1 Swine Flu Virus With Avian-Like Features

Mutations in the acidic polymerase-coding gene boost the pathogenicity and transmissibility of Eurasian avian-like H1N1 swine influenza viruses, a PNAS paper finds.

Genome Sequences Reveal Evolutionary History of South America's Canids

An analysis in PNAS of South American canid species' genomes offers a look at their evolutionary history, as well as their relationships and adaptations.

Lung Cancer Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors Reflected in Circulating Tumor DNA

In non-small cell lung cancer patients, researchers find in JCO Precision Oncology that survival benefits after immune checkpoint blockade coincide with a dip in ctDNA levels.