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Paired Ends: Toby Bloom, Liying Zhang, Michelle Lamendola-Essel


The New York Genome Center has a number of new hires (see story, this issue).

Toby Bloom is the center's deputy scientific director of informatics. She joins the NYGC from the Broad Institute, where she was director of informatics for the Genome Sequencing Center. She holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from MIT.

Liying Zhang is interim director of the NYGC's CLIA-certified laboratory. Zhang is currently the director of the diagnostic molecular genetics laboratory at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and has a certificate of qualification from New York state in molecular oncology and in molecular genetics. She holds an MD from Peking University and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University.

Michelle Lamendola-Essel, who is also certified by New York state, has been hired as senior clinical laboratory technician and will be responsible for running the CLIA lab on a day-to-day basis. Previously, she was lead molecular scientist at Enzo Biochem, and has also held positions at Acupath Laboratories.

The Scan

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Tibetan Study Finds Adaptive Variant Influencing Skin Pigmentation

With a combination of phenotyping and genetic data, researchers document at PNAS a Tibetan-enriched enhancer variant influencing melanin synthesis and ultraviolet light response.

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ALS Genetic Testing May Be Informative Across Age Ranges, Study Finds

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