Merge Healthcare names new CMO; Are video games good for stroke victims?;

> NextBio, a Cupertino, CA-based provider of software for life sciences research, said that it has released to new search-related applications developed for the Elsevier SciVerse platform. Release

> Chicago-based Merge Healthcare Inc. ($MRGE) said it has appointed its first chief medical officer, Cheryl Whitaker, a former practicing physician. While I know Merge mostly for its PACS and other healthcare software, the company made a move into the electronic data capture (EDC) market with its December 2010 buyout of Nancy, France-based KIKA Medical International. Release

> Genentech, a biotech unit of Swiss drug giant Roche, turned to a "supercomputer in the cloud" to run a molecular dynamics application. Story

> Bioinformatics scientists from the New York Consortium on Membrane Protein Structure made key contributions to a study of key sugar transporter proteins. Story

> Ken Stuart, founder and president of Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, writes about how several key technologies (including bioinformatics) are expediting scientific research. Story

> Researchers garnered attention for their recently published study of the potential benefits of playing video games to people recovering from stroke. Story