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CareDx: Chris Cournoyer

CareDx has named Chris Cournoyer to its board of directors. Cournoyer previously served as chairperson and CEO for precision medicine company N-of-One, vice president of clinical analytics at Optum, and president and chief operating officer of Picis (before it was acquired by Optum). Cournoyer has also held roles at Harte Hanks, Lotus, and IBM, where she served as vice president of global business transformation, has served on the boards of Stride Rite, GTECH, and BJ's Wholesale group, and has been a director for Emerson Hospital. 

The Scan

Suicidal Ideation-Linked Loci Identified Using Million Veteran Program Data

Researchers in PLOS Genetics identify risk variants within and across ancestry groups with a genome-wide association study involving veterans with or without a history of suicidal ideation.

Algorithm Teases Out Genetic Ancestry in Individuals at Biobank Scale

Researchers develop an algorithm known as Rye to tease apart ancestry fractions in admixed individuals at a biobank-scale, applying it to 488,221 UK Biobank participants in Nucleic Acids Research.

Multi-Ancestry Analysis Highlights Comparable Common Variants at Complex Trait-Linked Loci

Researchers in Nature Genetics examine common variants implicated in more than three dozen conditions, estimating genetic effect similarities across ancestry tracts in admixed individuals.

Sick Newborns Selected for WGS With Automated Pipeline

Researchers successfully prioritized infants with potential Mendelian conditions for whole-genome sequencing or rapid whole-genome sequencing, as they report in Genome Medicine.