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Movers & Shakers: Apr 1, 2011

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Roche Diagnostics said this week that Robert Yates has been appointed as head of Roche Applied Science.

Yates succeeds Manfried Baier, who will retire from Roche at the end of this year.

Yates has held positions in R&D, engineering, and process management at Roche Diagnostics in both the company's Indianapolis offices and Roche's headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Most recently he served as global head of business development and licensing for Roche Diagnostics.


Nanosphere said this week that James Nahirny is stepping down from the company's board of directors.

Nahirny is a managing director with Bain Capital Venture Partners, and has been a member of Nanosphere's board since 2006.

The Scan

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.