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New Branch Leader

Lawrence Brody is the new head of the Genome Technology Branch at NHGRI, according to an NIH news release. Brody has previously led the Molecular Pathogenesis Section where he studied metabolic pathway changes in cancer and he was the chief scientific officer of the Center for Inherited Disease Research. "Dr. Brody's exceptional scientific record, technical expertise, leadership credentials and vision for the field are among the many strengths that he brings to his new role as GTB chief," NHGRI Director Eric Green said in a statement. "He steps into an essential position where he will lead a productive and proven group of scientists whose discoveries are fueling the future of genomics."

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.