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London Genetics announced last week the appointment of two senior advisers, Stephen DeCherney and Munir Pirmohamed.

DeCherney, professor of medicine at the University of Carolina, was previously president of the Global Clinical Organization, and chief innovation officer at Quintiles Translational Corporation. Pirmohamed is the National Health Service chair of pharmacogenetics at the University of Liverpool and is involved in a warfarin pharmacogenetics study involving 2,000 patients, called EU-PACT Phase IV study.

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Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.

EHR Quality Improvement Study Detects Demographic-Related Deficiencies in Cancer Family History Data

In a retrospective analysis in JAMA Network Open, researchers find that sex, ethnicity, language, and other features coincide with the quality of cancer family history information in a patient's record.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Gut Microbiome Community Structure Gradient in Meta-Analysis

Bringing together data from prior studies, researchers in Genome Biology track down microbial taxa and a population structure gradient with ties to ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.