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Agilent Technologies: John Palma

John Palma has joined Agilent Technologies as vice president, medical affairs to build and lead a companywide global medical affairs organization.

Prior to joining Agilent, Palma served in several roles at Roche over the last 10 years. Most recently, he was vice president and head of medical and scientific affairs and chief medical officer for the Roche Sequencing Solutions business. Palma has more than 26 years of experience in the development, management, and delivery of diagnostics and research products.

The Scan

Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.