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Thomas Caskey

NextCode Health has appointed Thomas Caskey as senior vice president for medical science and diagnostics and as founding member and chair of its scientific advisory board.

Caskey is a professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor School of Medicine and founder of its Medical Genetics Laboratories. Caskey is board certified in internal medicine, medical genetics and molecular genetics. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has served as president of the Human Genome Organization, the American Society of Human Genetics, and the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. He also previously held a research post at the US National Institutes of Health and was senior vice president of research at Merck and president of the Merck Genome Research Institute.

The Scan

Latent HIV Found in White Blood Cells of Individuals on Long-Term Treatments

Researchers in Nature Microbiology find HIV genetic material in monocyte white blood cells and in macrophages that differentiated from them in individuals on HIV-suppressive treatment.

Seagull Microbiome Altered by Microplastic Exposure

The overall diversity and the composition at gut microbiome sites appear to coincide with microplastic exposure and ingestion in two wild bird species, according to a new Nature Ecology and Evolution study.

Study Traces Bladder Cancer Risk Contributors in Organ Transplant Recipients

In eLife, genome and transcriptome sequencing reveal mutation signatures, recurrent somatic mutations, and risky virus sequences in bladder cancers occurring in transplant recipients.

Genes Linked to White-Tailed Jackrabbits' Winter Coat Color Change

Climate change, the researchers noted in Science, may lead to camouflage mismatch and increase predation of white-tailed jackrabbits.