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Jim Barrington, Peter Sany, MaryAnn Guerra

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Novartis has appointed Jim Barrington as chief information officer of the Novartis Group and of the Novartis Pharma Division. Jim Barrington joined Novartis in 2001 as CIO. Prior to joining the company, he held senior IT positions with ABB, Eli Lilly, Gillette, and Whirlpool. Barrington succeeds Peter Sany, who left the company to pursue other interests.


The Translational Genomics Research Institute has hired MaryAnn Guerra as VP of research operations. Guerra joins TGen from the Matthews Media Group, where she was executive VP of the company.

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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.