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Doug Liu, Mark Gladwell, Laura Furmanski

Doug Liu is retiring from his role as senior vice president of global operations at Qiagen, CEO Peer Schatz said during an earnings call this week. He will be succeeded by Mark Gladwell, who joined the company from Alere, where he most recently served as senior vice president of global operations. 

In addition, Schatz said that Laura Furmanski, senior vice president of the bioinformatics business area, has resigned from the company. A search for her successor is in an advanced stage, Schatz said.

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.