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Back to the Bench

Harvard University's provost, Steven Hyman, is stepping down at the end of the academic year to return to research, reports The Boston Globe. Hyman is a trained neuroscientist and he plans to take a sabbatical year at the Broad Institute, which the Globe notes, was one of Hyman's efforts to spur interdisciplinary research. "I had intended to do this [job] for five years ... but things at Harvard were turbulent and complicated, and it seemed wrong to step away from this at times of difficulty," Hyman tells the Globe, which adds that Harvard has gotten through the resignation of Larry Summers and the financial crisis. "Part of the timing now, besides the fact that 10 years is a good run, is that Harvard has weathered a lot of storms and has a very strong leadership team and strong president and is doing fine."

The Scan

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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.

Estonian Biobank Team Digs into Results Return Strategies, Experiences

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics outline a procedure developed for individual return of results for the population biobank, along with participant experiences conveyed in survey data.

Rare Recessive Disease Insights Found in Individual Genomes

Researchers predict in Genome Medicine cross-population deletions and autosomal recessive disease impacts by analyzing recurrent nonallelic homologous recombination-related deletions.

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.