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Statistically Speaking


In the five years since Genome Technology’s premier issue, we’ve had 50 faces grace our cover. In that time, we’ve heard all sorts of great rumors, such as: “If you’re on the cover of Genome Technology, you’ll be promoted in six months!” and “If you’re on the cover of Genome Technology, you’ll be out of a job in six months!” We thought it was high time to confront the superstitions — and knowing how our audience likes its data, here’s a breakdown of how the cover models of Genome Technology have fared over the years. In addition to the stats, we offer a few case studies for your review.


October 2000

Alan Proctor was on our cover as the head of Pfizer’s Discovery Technology Center near Boston. Within a few years, Proctor had headed to Pfizer’s Connecticut offices to take on the post of vice president of strategic alliances.


July 2001

Eric Lander, who appeared as one of our first reader-selected Genome Technology All-Stars, was then director of the Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research. While his job description hasn’t changed, Lander proved his All-Star status by winning the financial backing of Eli and Edythe Broad, who in mid-2003 pledged to donate or help raise up to $200 million for his center through the next decade. With the money came an official promotion from “center” to “institute” as the Broad Institute was born.


March 2004

Kevin McKernan, who appeared on our cover with customer and DFCI faculty Marc Vidal, was co-CSO of Agencourt Bioscience. A little more than a year later, McKernan’s company was acquired by Beckman Coulter in a deal worth as much as $140 million, $100 million of it in cash.


Of the people who have appeared on our cover:

8 have left to take jobs with other organizations

4 have been promoted within their organization

2 have seen their companies acquired

1 has won the Nobel Prize


Total people shown on cover: 50

Our cover models hailed from:

Pharma/biotech 18

Academia 20

Government 7

Other 5

The Scan

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Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.

EHR Quality Improvement Study Detects Demographic-Related Deficiencies in Cancer Family History Data

In a retrospective analysis in JAMA Network Open, researchers find that sex, ethnicity, language, and other features coincide with the quality of cancer family history information in a patient's record.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Gut Microbiome Community Structure Gradient in Meta-Analysis

Bringing together data from prior studies, researchers in Genome Biology track down microbial taxa and a population structure gradient with ties to ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.