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Marcus Schabacker

Marcus Schabacker, a board-certified anesthesiologist and intensivist, has been named CEO and president of ECRI Institute, a health services research organization with an interest in genetic testing. Schabacker, who has 18 years of leadership experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries, recently served as chief scientific officer of Baxter. He previously helped Nelson Mandela rebuild South Africa's rural health system in the post-Apartheid era. Schabaker will replace Jeffrey Lerner, who is retiring Dec. 31 after 16 years as ECRI president and CEO.

The Scan

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.