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Richard Green of the University of California, Santa Cruz has received a 2011 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Green's lab is focused on genome sequence assembly and comparative genome analysis. He worked on the sequencing and analysis of the Neandertal genome and is also working on the Genomes 10K project. The $50,000 fellowships were awarded to 118 early career scientists and scholars in recognition of achievement and potential to contribute substantially to their fields. Awards were given to scientists in the fields of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, and physics.


Marc Beer, chairman of Good Start Genetics, has joined the supervisory board of ER Ytech Pharma. Beer is the CEO of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, a position he has held sine August 2010. Previously he was the founder and CEO of Viacell, a biotech company that specialized in the preservation of umbilical cord blood stem cells. He has also served as vice president of global marketing for Genzyme's therapeutic division, the vice president of sales and marketing at Biostar, and has held senior management positions in the pharmaceutical and diagnostics divisions of Abbott Laboratories.


The Scan

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.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.