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Suresh Pisharody, Haley Fiske, Greg Hannon, John Quackenbush, George Church

Suresh Pisharody has joined Illumina as senior market manager for sequencing platforms. He came to Illumina about two months ago from Applied Biosystems, where he was senior product line manager for SOLiD reagents and workflow.
Also, Haley Fiske has become a regional account manager at Illumina. He, too, recently joined the company from Applied Biosystems, where as of March, he was director of product management for high-throughput discovery systems, working with the SOLiD platform.

Greg Hannon, along with two other investigators, has won the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s 2007 Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research. He is a professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Winners receive a medal and share a cash award of $150,000. The three recipients will speak about their work at a public symposium held at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on Dec. 6. Hannon is a leader in RNA interference, a mechanism for regulating the expression of genes. He holds a PhD in molecular biology from Case Western Reserve University.

John Quackenbush has joined the scientific advisory board of Dermtech. He is a professor of biostatistics and computational biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a professor of computational biology and bioinformatics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Quackenbush is also a scientific advisor of Helicos BioSciences.

George Church is chairman of the scientific advisory board of Enzymatics, an enzyme producer based in Beverly, Mass. Church, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, is working with the company to reduce the cost of enzymes for the new sequencing platform his lab has developed (see Short Reads in this issue).

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.