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People in the News: Tom Curran, Elaine Fuchs, Leroy Hood, Alfred Knudson, Lawrence Loeb, More


The American Association for Cancer Research has inaugurated its first class of fellows. Among those appointed are Tom Curran, deputy scientific director of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute and associate director of translational genomics at the University of Pennsylvania; Elaine Fuchs, a professor at Rockefeller University; Leroy Hood, president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology; Alfred Knudson, a scientist and senior advisor to the president at the Fox Chase Cancer Center; Lawrence Loeb, professor of pathology, biochemistry and director of the Joseph Goldstein Memorial Cancer Research Laboratory at the University of Washington School of Medicine; Bert Vogelstein, director of the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Daniel Von Hoff, physician in chief at the Translational Genomics Research Institute, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and chief scientific officer at Scottsdale Health Care; and Robert Weinberg, director of the Ludwig/MIT Center for Molecular Oncology.

The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.