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People in the News: Jul 30, 2009


Rockefeller University announced that it has awarded tenure to RNAi researcher Thomas Tuschl. The university has also promoted Tuschl to professor.

Tuschl holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Regensburg, and joined Rockefeller as an associate professor in 2003 after a postdoctoral stint at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a co-founder of RNAi drug shop Alnylam Pharmaceuticals.

The Scan

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.

Coronary Artery Disease Risk Loci, Candidate Genes Identified in GWAS Meta-Analysis

A GWAS in Nature Genetics of nearly 1.4 million coronary artery disease cases and controls focused in on more than 200 candidate causal genes, including the cell motility-related myosin gene MYO9B.

Multiple Sclerosis Contributors Found in Proteome-Wide Association Study

With a combination of genome-wide association and brain proteome data, researchers in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology tracked down dozens of potential multiple sclerosis risk proteins.

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With 50 simulated cancer cases, researchers in JAMA Network Open compared molecular tumor board recommendations with central consensus plans at a dozen centers in Japan.