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Rick Myers, George Church, Robert Phelps

Rick Myers will become scientific director of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala, the institute said last week. He is a professor and chair of genetics at the Stanford University School of Medicine and director of the Stanford Human Genome Center.
Myers, who is currently a consultant to HudsonAlpha, will assume his full-time position next fall. During the transition period he will continue as professor at Stanford and head of the Stanford Human Genome Center. 
Prior to joining Stanford in 1993, Myers was on the faculty at the University of California at San Francisco. He earned a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama.

George Church, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and leader of the Personal Genome Project, is an advisor to personal genomics startup 23andMe, Forbes reported last week. Church told In Sequence last week that he started working with the company in June 2006.
Church and Esther Dyson, a director of 23andMe, are among the first 10 participants of the PGP.

Robert Phelps has become president of Bar Harbor BioTechnology, the company said this week. Phelps joins Bar Harbor from Applied Biosystems, where he was “involved with the development and expansion of the real-time PCR market.”

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