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Richard Olson

Life Epigenetics, the insuretech subsidiary of GWG Holdings, has named Randal Olson as its lead data scientist. He joins Life Epigenetics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the senior data scientist at the Computational Genetics Laboratory. Olson will lead the company's application of predictive epigenetic biomarkers to life insurance underwriting through the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The Scan

Study Links Genetic Risk for ADHD With Alzheimer's Disease

A higher polygenic risk score for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is also linked to cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, a new study in Molecular Psychiatry finds.

Study Offers Insights Into Role of Structural Variants in Cancer

A new study in Nature using cell lines shows that structural variants can enable oncogene activation.

Computer Model Uses Genetics, Health Data to Predict Mental Disorders

A new model in JAMA Psychiatry finds combining genetic and health record data can predict a mental disorder diagnosis before one is made clinically.

Study Tracks Off-Target Gene Edits Linked to Epigenetic Features

Using machine learning, researchers characterize in BMC Genomics the potential off-target effects of 19 computed or experimentally determined epigenetic features during CRISPR-Cas9 editing.