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Sue Paish

Contextual Genomics has appointed Sue Paish as the chair of its board of directors. She will be replacing Chris Wagner, who is stepping down but will remain a director. Paish is currently CEO of the Digital Technology Super Cluster, chair of the board of directors of the Business Council of British Columbia, and a director of CORIX Group. Paish joined Contextual Genomics in 2018 and previously served as president and CEO of LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services. Prior to LifeLabs, Paish served as CEO of Pharmasave and managing partner of Fasken. 

The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.