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People in the News: Marissa Song, Bryan Baldasare, Mark Winham

Grail: Marissa Song

Grail has appointed Marissa Song as its general counsel and corporate secretary. Prior to Grail, Song worked at Gilead Sciences for 14 years, where she most recently served as VP of corporate legal. Before Gilead, Song was a corporate associate at Latham & Watkins LLP. She also currently serves on the board of the Disability Rights Legal Center.

Meridian Bioscience: Bryan Baldasare

Meridian has appointed Bryan Baldasare as its CFO. Baldasare is currently the firm's executive VP and chief accounting officer. He previously served as interim CFO, corporate controller, and treasurer. Prior to joining Meridian in 2000, Baldasare served as senior audit manager at Arthur Andersen LLP.

NanoString Technologies: Mark Winham

Nanostring Technologies has appointed Mark Winham as senior VP of operations. Winham worked for more than 10 years in manufacturing for Applied Biosystems and Life Technologies, serving in roles including senior director and VP of global manufacturing. More recently, he served as CSO at Wamberg Genomic Advisors. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer for Human Longevity, and also previously served as COO of Millennium Health.

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The Scan

Foxtail Millet Pangenome, Graph-Based Reference Genome

Researchers in Nature Genetics described their generation of a foxtail millet pangenome, which they say can help in crop trait improvement.

Protein Length Distribution Consistent Across Species

An analysis in Genome Biology compares the lengths of proteins across more than 2,300 species, finding similar length distributions.

Novel Genetic Loci Linked to Insulin Resistance in New Study

A team reports in Nature Genetics that it used glucose challenge test data to home in on candidate genes involved in GLUT4 expression or trafficking.

RNA Editing in Octopuses Seems to Help Acclimation to Shifts in Water Temperature

A paper in Cell reports that octopuses use RNA editing to help them adjust to different water temperatures.