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Garrett Lam

Garrett Lam will join Sera Prognostics as chief medical officer starting Sept. 4. He will direct all clinical development activities for the firm and direct a group of clinical operations professionals in support of the firm's collaborations. Lam is currently a professor and chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine-Chattanooga. Lam replaces Durlin Hickok, who has been Sera's CMO since 2011. Hickok will continue as an advisor to Sera. 

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.