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Marc Levine, Alan Sherr, Bill Efcavitch, Larry Wellman

Marc Levine joined Helicos BioSciences as vice president of product development in June. Most recently, he was a senior vice president of product development at Axcelis Technologies. Prior to that, he spent 25 years at Teradyne, a semiconductor test equipment company, where he held executive positions in engineering, enabling technology, general management, sales, and customer service. Levine holds an MS in computer engineering from Stanford University and a BS in computer science and engineering from MIT.
Helicos has also promoted Bill Efcavitch to senior vice president and chief technology officer. He was previously senior VP of R&D. Efcavitch joined Helicos in 2004 after spending more than 20 years at Applied Biosystems, most recently as business manager for the company’s microarray product line. He holds a PhD in biochemistry from Ohio University and a BA in chemistry from La Salle University.
Earlier this year, Alan Sherr joined Helicos as vice president of intellectual property. Most recently, he was vice president and chief counsel for licensing at Affymetrix. He holds a JD from Boston University School of Law, an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Concurrent with its expansion to Gaithersburg, Md. (see Short Reads, this issue), OpGen has hired Larry Wellman as vice president of human resources. Prior to joining the company, he was vice president of human resources at Digene, now part of Qiagen. Wellman holds an MBA in finance and a BS in industrial relations from Indiana University.

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.