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Scott Kahn

Optra Health has appointed Scott Kahn as chief strategy advisor. In this role, he will oversee strategic direction for the company's knowledge automation and analytics platform — iPhronesis — for genomics-related research, digital drug development, real world evidence, and personalized healthcare. Kahn comes to Optra Health from Illumina, where he served as chief information officer for nine years.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.