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Greg Porreca has left his post as director of technology for the Personal Genome Project at Harvard Medical School and is taking up a new position this week as director of technology at Good Start Genetics, a startup company that is developing a pre-pregnancy genetic test.

At Harvard, Porreca helped develop the Polonator, a sequencing platform that is being commercialized by Danaher Motion's Dover business.

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