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Frank White, Mark Pitman

Frank White has joined Feinstein Kean Healthcare, a life sciences marketing communications and consulting company, as senior vice president of bioinformatics communications.
White was previously worldwide marketing manager for Gene Codes. Prior to that, he was program marketing manager at IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences and director of business development at InforMax.

Geneva Bioinformatics has tapped Mark Pitman for the role of sales and business director, North America, a new position at the firm. Pitman was previously sales and marketing director for Proteome Software.

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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.