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Benjamin Neale

Benjamin Neale has won the Leena Peltonen Prize for Excellence in Human Genetics for his contribution in developing statistical genetics methods and applying these approaches to cracking the genetics of neuropsychiatric diseases. After completing postdoctoral training in statistical genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the laboratory of Mark Daly, Neale established his own research group and is currently an assistant professor in the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at MGH. Additionally, he works as an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an institute member of the Broad Institute. The prize, established in 2010, is funded by the Leena Peltonen Memorial Fund in the Paulo Foundation and includes an award of €10,000.

 

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.