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Genomics England: Chris Wigley

Chris Wigley has been appointed as CEO of Genomics England, effective October 1. He will replace current interim CEO Sir Mark Caulfield, who will remain the firm's chief scientist. Wigley will join Genomics England, which is wholly owned by the UK's Department of Health & Social Care, from QuantumBlack, a machine learning and artificial intelligence company, where he was chief operating officer. Prior to that, he was a partner at McKinsey, and before that, a diplomat with the British Foreign Office.

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.