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People in the News: Zunyan Dai, Daniel Sharer, Patricia Hall, John Alexander, and Others

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Emory Genetics Laboratory has named five new directors.

Zunyan Dai has been appointed director of EGL's Cytogenetics Laboratory. He joins EGL from Quest Diagnostics

Daniel Sharer and Patricia Hall have been tapped to serve as directors of EGL's Biochemical Genetics Laboratory. Sharer previously worked at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Hall worked at Mayo Clinic.

EGL has also named John Alexander, Yuan Xue, and Alice Tanner to serve as directors of its Molecular Genetics Laboratory. Alexander joins EGL from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Xue comes from the University of California, Los Angeles. Tanner has been working as a genetic counselor at Emory.

The Scan

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

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.