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Gencove: Alex Dickinson

Gencove has appointed Alex Dickinson to its board of directors. Dickinson is cofounder and a director for ChromaCode, a molecular diagnostics firm. He was senior VP at Illumina where he helped build BaseSpace and led that firm's global population sequencing program. He was also cofounder and CEO of Helixis and Luxtera. Dickinson holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Adelaide and an MBA from Columbia University.

The Scan

Cancer Survival Linked to Mutational Burden in Pan-Cancer Analysis

A pan-cancer paper appearing in JCO Precision Oncology suggests tumor mutation patterns provide clues for predicting cancer survival that are independent of other prognostic factors.

Australian Survey Points to Public Support for Genetic Risk Disclosure in Relatives of At-Risk Individuals

A survey in the European Journal of Human Genetics suggests most adult Australians are in favor of finding out if a relative tests positive for a medically actionable genetic variant.

Study Links Evolution of Stony Coral Skeleton to Bicarbonate Transporter Gene

A PNAS paper focuses on a skeleton-related bicarbonate transporter gene introduced to stony coral ancestors by tandem duplication.

Hormone-Based Gene Therapy to Sterilize Domestic Cat

A new paper in Nature Communication suggests that gene therapy could be a safer alternative to spaying domestic cats.