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Mark Nelson, Barbara Alving

Mark Nelson has joined Cognia as an advisor and investor. Nelson founded Ovid, a software company that integrates scientific journals, in 1988. The company was sold to Wolters-Kluwers in 1998.

The National Institutes of Health has named Barbara Alving as director of the National Center for Research Resources. Alving was previously acting director of NCRR, a position she has held since 2005. She has been at the NIH since 1999, when she joined the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute as the director of the division of blood diseases and resources. She later served as NHLBI deputy director and acting director.

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Suicidal Ideation-Linked Loci Identified Using Million Veteran Program Data

Researchers in PLOS Genetics identify risk variants within and across ancestry groups with a genome-wide association study involving veterans with or without a history of suicidal ideation.

Algorithm Teases Out Genetic Ancestry in Individuals at Biobank Scale

Researchers develop an algorithm known as Rye to tease apart ancestry fractions in admixed individuals at a biobank-scale, applying it to 488,221 UK Biobank participants in Nucleic Acids Research.

Multi-Ancestry Analysis Highlights Comparable Common Variants at Complex Trait-Linked Loci

Researchers in Nature Genetics examine common variants implicated in more than three dozen conditions, estimating genetic effect similarities across ancestry tracts in admixed individuals.

Sick Newborns Selected for WGS With Automated Pipeline

Researchers successfully prioritized infants with potential Mendelian conditions for whole-genome sequencing or rapid whole-genome sequencing, as they report in Genome Medicine.