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Rajiv Doshi, Francis Collins, Spencer Abraham, Elias Zerhouni


Rajiv Doshi has joined De Novo Ventures, a Menlo Park, Calif., early-stage life sciences venture capital firm, as a principal, the company this week.

Doshi is currently a lecturer at Stanford University’s Department of Medicine, where he has taught courses in design of medical devices.

He was previously consulting with medical device companies in the gastroenterology, pulmonology, and cardiology areas, and is on the medical advisory board of Lunar Design, which performs industrial design and engineering. He also has five patents either issued or pending for medical devices he created.

Human genome sequencing leaders Francis Collins and Aristedes Patrinos were honored this week with awards from the US Department of Energy.

Collins is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and Patrinos leads the DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research at its Office of Science. They were honored with the DOE’s highest award for completing the human genome project in April, over two years ahead of schedule.

The awards ceremony took place at the DOE headquarters, and was presided over by Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and NIH director Elias Zerhouni.


The Scan

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Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.