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Louise Mawhinney, Michelle Lyles, Paul Grint, Craig Venter

Louise Mawhinney, Helicos BioSciences’ senior vice president and chief financial officer, will leave the company on March 19 to “pursue other interests,” the company said on Friday. Steve Lombardi, the company's president and chief operating officer, will succeed her as interim principal financial officer. Kevin Lafond, the company's controller, will become Helicos’ interim principal accounting officer. Mawhinney joined Helicos in October 2006. Prior to that, she was CFO at ArQule.
Helicos said in an SEC filing that it will continue to pay Mawhinney her regular base salary until Aug. 1, or an aggregate of approximately $102,868, less any tax-related deductions or withholding. Mawhinney will provide “transitional assistance” to the company through July 1.

Michelle Lyles has become vice president for marketing and sales of Febit, a new position, the company said this week. She will be based at Febit’s US branch in Medford, Mass., and will manage US marketing and sales initiatives for Febit’s genomics technology products and services.
Prior to joining Febit, Lyles was director of sales with Sigma-Aldrich’s research biotechnology business unit. Before that, she was vice president of sales and marketing at Genospectra. Earlier, she was a technology manager for high-throughput screening systems at PerkinElmer, and a product manager for the BioChip Array and sales development manager for HTS assay platforms with Packard Biosciences.
Lyles holds a PhD in biochemistry from Baylor College of Medicine and BS degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of New Orleans.

Paul Grint has joined the board of directors of Numira Biosciences, the company said last week. He is the chief medical officer and head of development at Kalypsys in San Diego. Grint is also a director of Illumina.

Craig Venter will spend the next year as a visiting scholar at Harvard University in the Origins of Life Initiative. He started the one-year appointment earlier this month.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.