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Premier Medical Laboratory Services: Jeff Schmalz

Premier Medical Laboratory Services has hired Jeff Schmalz as its chief commercial officer. He has more than 35 years of experience in healthcare, and most recently was at Laboratory Corporation of America where he held several management positions, including VP of segment marketing and business development, according to his LinkedIn profile. He also held management positions at Qiagen, Bayer, Chiron, and Abbott.

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.