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James McSwiggen, Mark Davis, Amir Avniel, Yoav Chelouche, Nathan Hod, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute


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James McSwiggen recently joined Nastech Pharmaceutical as a senior research scientist.

Previously, McSwiggen worked at Sirna Therapeutics in various research positions. He holds a BS in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Oregon, Eugene.

Mark Davis, a researcher at the California Institute of Technology and co-founder of Calando Pharmaceuticals, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Rosetta Genomics said this week that it has named Amir Avniel as president and CEO.

Previously, Avniel served as president, CTO, and COO of Rosetta.

The company also announced that Yoav Chelouche has been elected as chairman of the board. He has served on Rosetta board since 2001, as is currently a managing partner at Aviv Venture Capital.

Rosetta also said that Nathan Hod has joined the company's board. He was a co-founder of DSPC, a technology firm acquired by Intel in 1999.


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The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has recently released the latest update to its miRBase database of microRNA sequences and associated annotation.

With the release of the latest version, the database has 3,963 entries for primates, rodents, birds, fish, worms, flies, plants, and viruses.

According to the Sanger Institute, 446 new hairpin sequences have been added since the last update, including 77 Xenopus tropicalis sequences.

The Scan

Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

In Genome Research this week: structural variants in craniosynostosis, LINE-1 activity in rhesus macaque brain, and more.