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Victor McKusick, Mark Ostrowski

Victor McKusick will receive the 2008 Japan Prize in medical genetics and genomics. He is a professor emeritus of medical genetics at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. McKusick, who is 86, is honored for the “establishment of medical genetics and contributions to its development.” At a ceremony in April, he will receive a medal and ¥50 million ($470,000). McKusick, who spent six decades at Johns Hopkins, retired last month.

Mark Ostrowski has joined GenVault as vice president of sales and marketing, the company said this week. He spent more than 10 years at Myriad Genetics Laboratories, where he was most recently director of sales operations. Ostrowski holds a BSc in biology from Yale University.

The Scan

Octopus Brain Complexity Linked to MicroRNA Expansions

Investigators saw microRNA gene expansions coinciding with complex brains when they analyzed certain cephalopod transcriptomes, as they report in Science Advances.

Study Tracks Outcomes in Children Born to Zika Virus-Infected Mothers

By following pregnancy outcomes for women with RT-PCR-confirmed Zika virus infections, researchers saw in Lancet Regional Health congenital abnormalities in roughly one-third of live-born children.

Team Presents Benchmark Study of RNA Classification Tools

With more than 135 transcriptomic datasets, researchers tested two dozen coding and non-coding RNA classification tools, establishing a set of potentially misclassified transcripts, as they report in Nucleic Acids Research.

Breast Cancer Risk Related to Pathogenic BRCA1 Mutation May Be Modified by Repeats

Several variable number tandem repeats appear to impact breast cancer risk and age at diagnosis in almost 350 individuals carrying a risky Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1 founder mutation.