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People in the News: Feb 5, 2009

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Opko Health board member Michael Reich has resigned his position from the company.

According to an Opko filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Reich’s departure is not related to any disagreement with the company.

Reich previously served on the board of Acuity Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Opko in 2007 (see RNAi News, 3/29/2007). He is also the uncle of Acuity co-founder and Opko Executive Vice President Sam Reich.

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.