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Carrie Wolinetz

The National Institutes of Health has appointed Carrie Wolinetz associate director for science policy, effective Feb. 23. Wolinetz currently serves as president of United for Medical Research, a group that advocates for research funding. She also has been serving as deputy vice president for federal relations with the Association of American Universities. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service's program on Science, Technology & International Affairs, and is a past chair of the advocacy committee for the Association for Women in Science. Wolinetz also previously served as director of scientific affairs and public relations at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

The Scan

Breast Cancer Risk Related to Pathogenic BRCA1 Mutation May Be Modified by Repeats

Several variable number tandem repeats appear to impact breast cancer risk and age at diagnosis in almost 350 individuals carrying a risky Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1 founder mutation.

Study Explores Animated Digital Message Approach to Communicate Genetic Test Results to Family Members

In the Journal of Genetic Counseling, the approach showed promise in participants presented with a hypothetical scenario related to a familial hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome diagnosis.

Computational Tool Predicts Mammalian Messenger RNA Degradation Rates

A tool called Saluki, trained with mouse and human messenger RNA data, appears to improve mRNA half-life predictions by taking RNA and genetic features into account, a Genome Biology paper reports.

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.