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Pui-Yan Kwok, Jeffrey Gordon, Raju Kucherlapati, Jack Jones

Pui-Yan Kwok has joined the scientific advisory board of BioNanomatrix. He is a professor at the University of California, San Francisco. In his research, Kwok focuses on the development of new approaches to whole-genome analysis and their application to gene mapping and haplotyping. Kwok holds PhD and MD degrees from the University of Chicago.

The Institute of Medicine has elected 65 new members and five foreign associates, raising its total membership to 1,736. Among the new members are Jeffrey Gordon, a professor and director of the Center for Genome Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis; and Raju Kucherlapati, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and scientific director of the Harvard Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Jack Jones has become chief information officer of the National Institutes of Health, where he will advise the NIH director on computational bioscience, computer engineering, and all areas of information technology. He will also continue to serve as acting director of the Center for Information Technology until a new permanent director joins CIT. Prior to joining NIH, Jones was director of information processes at Sandia National Laboratories.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.