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People in the News: Lu Wang, Brad Ozenberger, Jean McEwen, Leroy Hood

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Lu Wang has become program director of the National Human Genome Research Institute's new Mendelian Disorders Genome Centers program. Brad Ozenberger, NHGRI's program director for genomic medicine, and Jean McEwen, program director for the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications program, will oversee the institute's new Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research Projects initiative.


PrimeraDx announced that it has appointed Leroy Hood to its scientific advisory board. Hood has helped found several research and commercial enterprises, including Applied Biosystems (now part of Life Technologies), Amgen, and the Institute for Systems Biology, where he currently holds the position of president.

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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.