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Rob Brainin, Hannes Smàrason

Rob Brainin has been appointed as WuXi NextCode's CEO, replacing Hannes Smàrason, who will stay on as a senior advisor and plans to pursue other entrepreneurial opportunities. Most recently, Brainin was the firm's executive vice president and COO. Prior to that, he held positions at Illumina, Thermo Fisher, Life Technologies, and Invitrogen. Brainin holds a degree in economics from Emory University and a JD degree from Harvard Law School.

The Scan

Self-Reported Hearing Loss in Older Adults Begins Very Early in Life, Study Says

A JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery study says polygenic risk scores associated with hearing loss in older adults is also associated with hearing decline in younger groups.

Genome-Wide Analysis Sheds Light on Genetics of ADHD

A genome-wide association study meta-analysis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder appearing in Nature Genetics links 76 genes to risk of having the disorder.

MicroRNA Cotargeting Linked to Lupus

A mouse-based study appearing in BMC Biology implicates two microRNAs with overlapping target sites in lupus.

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.