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Peter Waterhouse, Ming-Bo Wang, Matthew Natalizio

Australian researchers Peter Waterhouse and Ming-Bo Wang have won the Australia’s Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. The scientists were recognized for their discovery of double-stranded RNA-induced gene silencing in plants.
The two have used gene silencing to allow plant genes to resist diseases, including Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus, which affects cereals such as wheat and barley. Broader applications for the research could include modifying oils to create biodiesel fuels.
The researchers work for Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Canberra.

Tix Corporation, a seller of tickets for Las Vegas shows and sporting events, said this week that it has appointed Matthew Natalizio as its CFO.
Previously, Natalizio had been CFO of CytRx.

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.