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Stan Lapidus, Noubar Afeyan, Steve Lombardi

Helicos BioSciences CEO Stan Lapidus has been named chairman of the board of directors, replacing Noubar Afeyan, who will be lead independent director, the company said last week.
Also, the company promoted Steve Lombardi to president and chief operating officer. Until recently, he was Helicos’ chief operating officer and executive vice president. Before joining Helicos, Lombardi was a senior vice president at Affymetrix.

The Scan

Single-Cell Sequencing Points to Embryo Mosaicism

Mosaicism may affect preimplantation genetic tests for aneuploidy, a single-cell sequencing-based analysis of almost three dozen embryos in PLOS Genetics finds.

Rett Syndrome Mouse Model Study Points to RNA Editing Possibilities

Investigators targeted MECP2 in mutant mouse models of Rett syndrome, showing in PNAS that they could restore its expression and dial down symptoms.

Investigators Find Shared, Distinct Genetic Contributors to Childhood Hodgkin Lymphoma

An association study in JAMA Network Open uncovers risk variants within and beyond the human leukocyte antigen locus.

Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.