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Genomics: Gil McVean

Gil McVean has been appointed chief information officer of UK data science company Genomics, a post he will take up before the end of 2019. He cofounded the company and is already one of its directors. McVean will be joining Genomics from the University of Oxford, where he is the founding director of the Big Data Institute and a professor of statistical genetics at the Nuffield Department of Medicine. Prior to that, he was head of bioinformatics and statistical genetics at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford and a professor of statistical genetics at the university's Department of Statistics.

The Scan

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DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.