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DNAnexus has added two new board members: Krishna Yeshwant and Geoff Duyk.

Yeshwant is a partner at Google Ventures, where he has been since its inception. Previously, he helped start an electronic data interchange company that was acquired by Hewlett-Packard. He holds a BS in computer science from Stanford University, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Duyk is a partner and managing director at TPG Biotech. Previously he was president of research and development at Exelixis, and was also one of the founding scientific staff at Millennium Pharmaceuticals. He has also served as an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and worked on the Human Genome Project. He holds a BA in biology from Wesleyan University and an MD from Case Western Reserve University.


The Institute of Medicine has elected 65 new members and five foreign associates. Among them are Richard Gibbs and Claire Fraser-Liggett.

Gibbs is the director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at the Baylor College of Medicine, which he helped establish in 1996. He played a key role in the National Institutes of Health's Human Genome Project. Gibbs holds a BS and a PhD in genetics and radiation biology from the University of Melbourne.

Fraser-Liggett is the director of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland. Previously she was president and director of the Institute for Genomic Research in Rockville, Md. She has played a key role in the sequencing and analysis of human, animal, plant, and microbial genomes, and has led teams that sequenced the genomes of several human pathogens. She holds a PhD in pharmacology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

The Scan

mRNA-Based Vaccine on the Way in China

China may soon have its own mRNA-based vaccine, according to Nature News.

Arranged Killing, Fraud Alleged by Prosecutors

The Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors allege that the co-founder of a biotech arranged to have a business associate who threatened to expose him as a fraud killed.

Whirlwind Decade of CRISPR

The New York Times looks back at the 10 years since the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues published their CRISPR paper.

PNAS Papers on Blue Cone Monochromacy Structural Variants, HIV-1 Mutant, T-ALL

In PNAS this week: structural variants linked to blue cone monochromacy, HIV-1 variants affecting the matrix protein p17, and more.