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Paired Ends: Kathy Ordoñez, Jay Shendure, Ivan Trifunovich, Federica DiPalma


RainDance Technologies has appointed Kathy Ordoñez to its board of directors. She is senior vice president at Quest Diagnostics, and was previously CEO of Celera. She also held several senior positions at Hoffmann La-Roche and oversaw the formation of Roche Molecular Systems, where she served as president and CEO.

The Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology has awarded Jay Shendure its HudsonAlpha Life Sciences Prize for his work in the development and application of genomic technology, including completing a detailed sequence of DNA from HeLa cells. Shendure will receive the award for early career scientists on November 19. Shendure is an associate professor in the department of genome sciences at the University of Washington.

WaferGen Biosystems' board of directors has appointed President and CEO Ivan Trifunovich to the additional post of chairman of the board. He replaces Alnoor Shivji, who has been chairman since 2002 and has resigned to focus on a new startup venture. WaferGen said Joel Kanter, who has been a director since 2007, will serve as lead independent director.

The UK's Genome Analysis Center has appointed Federica DiPalma to director of science, where she will be responsible for all aspects of TGAC's scientific strategy and vision. Previously, she was head of vertebrate and health genomics at TGAC and prior to joining TGAC, she was assistant director of vertebrate biology at the Broad Institute.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

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.