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New Editor, New System

Both The Scientist and Nature's The Great Beyond Blog are reporting that Mehar Manku will be the new editor-in-chief of Elsevier's controversial journal Medical Hypotheses. Manku, who has since 2004 served as a member of the journal's editorial board, "vows to maintain the journal's unusual aim of distributing novel, radical ideas in medicine and related biomedical sciences while employing a more traditional peer review process than the journal saw under its previous editor," according to The Scientist. In addition to his new role, Manku is the executive editor and editor-in-chief of Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, as well as a part-time chief scientist at biopharmaceutical firm Amarin Corporation, The Scientist reports. Manku says in a statement that the Medical Hypotheses team "will engage a medically qualified editorial board to get members more involved in the review system to help ensure radical new ideas and speculations in medicine are given open-minded consideration while ensuring scientific merit."

The Scan

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A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.