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Eric Olivares is clinical NGS R&D lead at InVitae. He is the founder of SEQAnswers and was a staff scientist at Pacific Biosciences from 2008-2011. He was also a senior scientist at Invitrogen and a scientific writer/marketing consultant at System Biosciences. He holds a PhD in genetics from Stanford University and a BS in genetics from the University of California, Davis.


Agilent Technologies has named Jindan Yu, an assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern University, winner of its Early Career Professor Award. The accolade will provide Yu with $100,000 in unrestricted research funding.

In her research, Yu aims to use genomics and bioinformatics to understand the progression of prostate cancer, with the goal of developing novel prognostic and diagnostic tools and treatment strategies.

The Scan

Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.

DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.