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Harvard University Professor Raju Kucherlapati will serve as an Obama Administration adviser on genetic and genomic issues in his role as a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.


Ambry Genetics announced the promotion of Ardy Arianpour to VP of Business Development. The company hired Arianpour last year as its director of business development for genomic services. Before coming to Ambry, Arianpour was manager of business development for Cogenics.

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Follow-Up Data Requests to Biobank Participants Ineffective, Study Finds

An effort to recontact biobank enrollees for additional information reports low participation in a new BMJ Open study.

Study Finds Widespread Transmission of Resistant Bacteria in Vietnam Hospitals

A sequencing study in The Lancet Microbe finds widespread transmission of drug-resistant Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Acinetobacter baumannii in two Vietnam ICUs.

Novel Brain Cell Organoids Show Promise for Autism Research

University of Utah researchers report in Nature Communications on their development of brain cell organoids to study SHANK3-related autism.

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.