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Huanming Yang, the president of BGI, has been named a member of the International Research Panel by the US President's Bioethics Commission. The panel will work on issues related to scientific studies involving human subjects.

Yang co-founded BGI in 1999, and is currently its president and also a professor. In 2002, he was named Research Leader of the Year by Scientific American and in 2006, won the Award in Biology by the Third World Academy of Sciences.

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