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Eric Schadt has become chief scientific officer of Pacific Biosciences, a new position (see article in this issue). He joins the company from Rosetta Inpharmatics, a subsidiary of Merck in Seattle, where he was executive scientific director of genetics. Prior to that he was a senior research scientist at Roche Bioscience. Schadt holds a PhD in biomathematics and an MA in pure mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in applied mathematics and computer science from California Polytechnic State University.

Frank Massam has joined Population Genetics Technologies as vice president of business development. Previously, he held senior business development positions with Incyte Genomics and Pharmagene and was responsible for strategic planning and new business development at Agilent Technologies.

The Scan

Latent HIV Found in White Blood Cells of Individuals on Long-Term Treatments

Researchers in Nature Microbiology find HIV genetic material in monocyte white blood cells and in macrophages that differentiated from them in individuals on HIV-suppressive treatment.

Seagull Microbiome Altered by Microplastic Exposure

The overall diversity and the composition at gut microbiome sites appear to coincide with microplastic exposure and ingestion in two wild bird species, according to a new Nature Ecology and Evolution study.

Study Traces Bladder Cancer Risk Contributors in Organ Transplant Recipients

In eLife, genome and transcriptome sequencing reveal mutation signatures, recurrent somatic mutations, and risky virus sequences in bladder cancers occurring in transplant recipients.

Genes Linked to White-Tailed Jackrabbits' Winter Coat Color Change

Climate change, the researchers noted in Science, may lead to camouflage mismatch and increase predation of white-tailed jackrabbits.