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Amy Pasquinelli,Jerome Groopman

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The WM Keck Foundation announced this week the 2006 class of grant recipients under its distinguished young scholars in medical research program.
 
Among the winners is Amy Pasquinelli, a University of California, San Diego, researcher studying the role of microRNAs as regulators of biological pathways, as well as their role in cancer.
 
As a grant winner, Pasquinelli stands to receive up to $1 million to support her work over a five-year period.

Antisense drug developer Genta last week said that board member Jerome Groopman has resigned due to “personal health reasons.”
 
Groopman has served on Genta’s board since 2002.

The Scan

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