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Ian Lipkin has been awarded Villanova University's 2014 Mendel Medal.

Since 1929, Villanova has given the medal to scientists in recognition of their accomplishments. Lipkin is a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, and director of the school's Center for Infection and Immunity.

He is credited with the discovery of the implication of West Nile virus as the cause of encephalitis in North America in 1999, the invention of MassTag PCR, and the first panmicrobial microarray.


Guillermina Lozano has been named to the board of directors of the American Association for Cancer Research for its 2014-2017 term.

Lozano is professor and chair of the department of genetics, co-director of the genetically engineered mouse facility, co-director of the Center for Genetics and Genomics, co-director of the sequencing and microarray facility, and co-director of the cancer genetics and epigenetics program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Lung Cancer Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors Reflected in Circulating Tumor DNA

In non-small cell lung cancer patients, researchers find in JCO Precision Oncology that survival benefits after immune checkpoint blockade coincide with a dip in ctDNA levels.

Study Reviews Family, Provider Responses to Rapid Whole-Genome Sequencing Follow-up

Investigators identified in the European Journal of Human Genetics variable follow-up practices after rapid whole-genome sequencing.

BMI-Related Variants Show Age-Related Stability in UK Biobank Participants

Researchers followed body mass index variant stability with genomic structural equation modeling and genome-wide association studies of 40- to 72-year olds in PLOS Genetics.

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.