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Kathleen Sebelius

Exact Sciences has appointed Kathleen Sebelius to serve as a director on its board. She will sit on the firm's corporate governance and nominating committee and on its innovation, technology and pipeline committee. Sebelius currently serves as CEO of Sebelius Resources, a strategic consulting firm that advises private companies, non-profit organizations, and financial investors. From April 2009 through June 2014, she served as the Health and Human Services Secretary for President Barack Obama. She also served as Governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009, and her previous elected offices include two terms as the Kansas insurance commissioner and four terms in the Kansas legislature.

Sebelius currently sits on the boards of biopharmaceutical companies Dermira and Myovant Sciences, as well as the Kaiser Family Foundation. She also co-chairs the Aspen Institute Health Strategy Group and serves on advisory boards for the Dole Institute of Politics, Solera Health, Out Leadership, the Estée Lauder Foundation, and the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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.