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President Obama said last week that he intends to nominate Francis Collins as director of the National Institutes of Health. Collins served as director of the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute from 1993 until 2008. During that time, he led the Human Genome Project, which was completed in 2003. Prior to his NHGRI directorship, he was a faculty member at the University of Michigan and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Collins holds a PhD in physical chemistry from Yale University, an MD from the University of North Carolina, and a BS in chemistry from the University of Virginia.

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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.

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

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