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People in the News: Jill Hagenkord, Robert Daber, Qingson Zhu

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23andMe has appointed Jill Hagenkord to chief medical officer. Hagenkord joins 23andMe from InVitae where she served as medical director. Prior to that, she was chief medical officer and senior vice president at Complete Genomics. She was also founder and chief medical officer for iKaryos Diagnostics, associate professor of pathology at Creighton University School of Medicine, director of molecular pathology and clinical genomics at Creighton Medical Laboratories, and pathologist at Deltagen. She is a board-certified medical genetic pathologist.


Bio-Reference Laboratories has appointed Robert Daber to director of research and development and director of cancer genetics. Daber was previously the technical director of clinical genetics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he helped develop next-generation sequencing-based diagnostic cancer tests. Prior to that, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Insilico Medicine, which is using genomics to discover new therapies targeted age-related diseases, has appointed cancer genomics expert Qingson Zhu to chief operating officer. Zhu spent seven years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University where he worked on biomarker identification and drug development using microarray and next-generation sequencing technologies.

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

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Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.