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John Kraeutler, David Phillips, Felicia Williams

John (Jack) Kraeutler has retired from his position as Meridian Bioscience's executive chairman of the board, effective Sept. 30, 2018. Kraeutler retired as CEO of the firm last year after 25 years in that position. Meridian has appointed David Phillips as the new chairman of the board, and has also elected Felicia Williams to the board of directors and to serve on the firm's audit committee, effective September 20, 2018. Williams previously served in financial positions at Macy's and Coca-Cola.

The Scan

Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.

Family Genetic Risk Score Linked to Diagnostic Trajectory in Psychiatric Disorders

Researchers in JAMA Psychiatry find ties between high or low family genetic risk scores and diagnostic stability or change in four major psychiatric disorders over time.

Study Questions Existence of Fetal Microbiome

A study appearing in Nature this week suggests that the reported fetal microbiome might be the result of sample contamination.

Fruit Fly Study Explores Gut Microbiome Effects on Circadian Rhythm

With gut microbiome and gene expression experiments, researchers in PNAS see signs that the microbiome contributes to circadian rhythm synchronicity and stability in fruit flies.