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Pairings: May 13, 2009


Wayne Grody is one of four new directors that were recently elected to the board of the American College of Medical Genetics Foundation. He is a professor in the departments of pathology and laboratory medicine, pediatrics, and human genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine.

According to the foundation, Grody has been one of the main developers of quality assurance and ethical guidelines for DNA-based genetic testing for a large number of governmental and professional agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, and the Human Genome Project's ELSI program. Grody holds MD and PhD degrees from Baylor College of Medicine and an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University.

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