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Ann Rhoads

Counsyl has appointed Ann Rhoads to its board of directors. Rhoads is former executive vice president and CFO at pharmaceutical company Zogenix. Previously, she was CFO and senior vice president at Premier. She currently serves as a board member and chair of the audit committee at Globus Medical, a musculoskeletal company, and Evoke Pharma, a pharmaceutical company that focuses on gastrointestinal disease. Rhoads Is also a board member and chair of the compensation committee at ophthalmic laser company Iridex Corporation. 

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

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.