Kathy Hudson, director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University, appeared on the cover of last year's October issue of Genome Technology. In the cover story on personalized medicine's move into the clinic, Hudson was cautiously optimistic. "I think in general the hype has exceeded the reality, but there is reason to be excited and optimistic," she said then. Hudson is now expected to join the National Institutes of Health as chief of staff to Director Francis Collins.

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

In Genome Biology this week: transcription factor use among brittle stars, single-cell RNA sequencing strategy, and more.