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Element Biosciences: Tanja Gruber, Chuan He, Joseph Puglisi, Sarah Teichmann

Element Biosciences announced the formation of its scientific advisory board, appointing four initial members. Tanja Gruber is director of the Bass Center for Childhood Cancer at the Stanford Cancer Institute. Chuan He is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Chicago. Joseph "Jody" Puglisi, an RNA biologist, is a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. Sarah Teichmann is head of cellular genetics at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and principal leader of the Human Cell Atlas consortium.

The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.