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Bernhard Kirschbaum and Oliver Schacht

Protagen has appointed Bernhard Kirschbaum as chairman of its supervisory board and Oliver Schacht as a new board member. Kirschbaum is a former Merck executive and has been a member of the Protagen board since 2015. He is taking over as the role of chairman from Axel Kleemann, who has served in the position for the past 15 years. Schacht successfully completed the IPO of Curetis last November, and has served in executive positions at Epigenomics in Seattle and in Berlin. He is currently a member of the executive board of BioDeutchland.

The Scan

Wolf Howl Responses Offer Look at Vocal Behavior-Related Selection in Dogs

In dozens of domestic dogs listening to wolf vocalizations, researchers in Communication Biology see responses varying with age, sex, reproductive status, and a breed's evolutionary distance from wolves.

Facial Imaging-Based Genetic Diagnoses Appears to Get Boost With Three-Dimensional Approach

With data for more than 1,900 individuals affected by a range of genetic conditions, researchers compared facial phenotype-based diagnoses informed by 2D or 3D images in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

Survey Suggests Multigene Cancer Panel VUS Reporting May Vary Across Genetic Counselors

Investigators surveyed dozens of genetic counselors working in clinical or laboratory settings, uncovering attitudes around VUS reporting after multigene cancer panel testing in the Journal of Genetic Counseling.

Study Points to Tuberculosis Protection by Gaucher Disease Mutation

A mutation linked to Gaucher disease in the Ashkenazi Jewish population appears to boost Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance in a zebrafish model of the lysosomal storage condition, a new PNAS study finds.