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AMIA: Tanya Tolpegin

The American Medical Informatics Association has chosen Tanya Tolpegin as its new CEO, effective June 21. Tolpegin most recently served as executive director of the American Academy of Audiology, where she also managed the associated Accreditation Commission of Audiology Education, the American Board of Audiology, and the Student Academy of Audiology, and reported to five different boards. AMIA has lacked a permanent CEO since Douglas Fridsma stepped down at the beginning of 2020.  

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.