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AnchorDx: Marina Bibikova

AnchorDx has hired Marina Bibikova as its chief scientific officer. She will be responsible for the development of early cancer detection technology, global IVD registrations, strategic partnerships with overseas firms, international patent strategy, and global commercialization acceleration. Bibikova has more than 25 years of experience in the genomics space and worked at Illumina for more than 20 years as a principal scientist. AnchorDx noted she led the submission of the Illumina MiSeqDx sequencer to the US Food and Drug Administration for clearance. The platform was the first IVD, next-generation sequencer to receive such regulatory designation.

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.