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Kristen Stoops, Daniel Benetz, Yan Zhang, Craig Venter, James Watson

Helicos BioSciences’ director of bioinformatics business development, Kristen Stoops, left the company in July. She has joined Rosetta Biosoftware, where she is senior director of strategic marketing and alliances.

NuGen Technologies has hired Daniel Benetz as chief financial officer and Yan Zhang as vice president of marketing, a new position.
Benetz was previously senior director of business finance, European finance director, and director of corporate financial planning and analysis at Affymetrix. He holds a degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Zhang held strategic marketing and product management roles at Affymetrix, Molecular Devices, and Hyseq. He has a doctorate in biochemistry from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and an undergraduate degree from Beijing University.


Craig Venter and James Watson are two of the recipients of this year’s Double Helix Medal from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. They received the medal for making their individual genome sequences available for scientific use and for promoting awareness of the possible public health advantages of personalized genomes.

The Scan

Lung Cancer Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors Reflected in Circulating Tumor DNA

In non-small cell lung cancer patients, researchers find in JCO Precision Oncology that survival benefits after immune checkpoint blockade coincide with a dip in ctDNA levels.

Study Reviews Family, Provider Responses to Rapid Whole-Genome Sequencing Follow-up

Investigators identified in the European Journal of Human Genetics variable follow-up practices after rapid whole-genome sequencing.

BMI-Related Variants Show Age-Related Stability in UK Biobank Participants

Researchers followed body mass index variant stability with genomic structural equation modeling and genome-wide association studies of 40- to 72-year olds in PLOS Genetics.

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.