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People in the News: Bruce Korf


Bruce Korf has been elected president of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine, a nonprofit foundation that supports research and education of genetic and genomic medicine. He takes over from Rodney Howell, who served as president for nine years.

Korf is currently the Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley chair in medical genetics and professor, chair, and department director of the Heflin Center for Genomic Sciences at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He has also served as president of the Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics, a member of the boards of directors of the ACMG and the American Society of Human Genetics, a member of the liaison committee on medical education, and a member of the National Cancer Institute board of scientific counselors. He is currently a member of the board of scientific counselors of the National Human Genome Research Institute.

He holds an MD from Cornell University Medical College and a PhD in genetics and cell biology from Rockefeller University.

The Scan

Researchers Develop Polygenic Risk Scores for Dozens of Disease-Related Exposures

With genetic data from two large population cohorts and summary statistics from prior genome-wide association studies, researchers came up with 27 exposure polygenic risk scores in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

US Survey Data Suggests Ancestry Testing Leads Way in Awareness, Use of Genetic Testing Awareness

Although roughly three-quarters of surveyed individuals in a Genetics in Medicine study reported awareness of genetic testing, use of such tests was lower and varied with income, ancestry, and disease history.

Coral Genome Leads to Alternative Amino Acid Pathway Found in Other Non-Model Animals

An alternative cysteine biosynthesis pathway unearthed in the Acropora loripes genome subsequently turned up in sequences from non-mammalian, -nematode, or -arthropod animals, researchers report in Science Advances.

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.