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Elaine Mardis

Elaine Mardis has been named president-elect of the American Association for Cancer Research for 2018-19. Her appointment will start next month in conjunction with the AACR annual meeting in Chicago, and she will become AACR president in April of 2019. Mardis holds the Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair of Genomic Medicine and is the co-executive director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and a professor of pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She holds a bachelor's degree and a PhD from the University of Oklahoma.  

The Scan

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.

EHR Quality Improvement Study Detects Demographic-Related Deficiencies in Cancer Family History Data

In a retrospective analysis in JAMA Network Open, researchers find that sex, ethnicity, language, and other features coincide with the quality of cancer family history information in a patient's record.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Gut Microbiome Community Structure Gradient in Meta-Analysis

Bringing together data from prior studies, researchers in Genome Biology track down microbial taxa and a population structure gradient with ties to ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.