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Genetic Alliance last week announced the appointment of Ann Waldo as its senior counsel.

"This marks the first time in its 24-year history that Genetic Alliance has in-house counsel," Genetic Alliance said in a statement. Waldo will provide legal guidance to the non-profit genetics research and policy organization on issues, such as privacy, gene patenting, genetic discrimination, newborn screening, and health information technology.

Waldo is also a partner in the law firm of Oldaker, Belair & Wittie, LLP, where she specializes in legal issues dealing with privacy and information management, particularly with respect to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Previously, Waldo was the chief privacy officer for Lenovo and she also served as the chief privacy officer at Hoffman-La Roche.


Silicon Kinetics announced two new members to its board of directors: Rick Brown, formerly the CEO of MicroCal, acquired by GE Healthcare; and Eric Topol, director of Scripps Translational Science Institute and chief academic officer of Scripps Health.

The Scan

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.

Fragile X Syndrome Mutations Found With Comprehensive Testing Method

Researchers in Clinical Chemistry found fragile X syndrome expansions and other FMR1 mutations with ties to the intellectual disability condition using a long-range PCR and long-read sequencing approach.

Team Presents Strategy for Speedy Species Detection in Metagenomic Sequence Data

A computational approach presented in PLOS Computational Biology produced fewer false-positive species identifications in simulated and authentic metagenomic sequences.

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.