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Bionano Genomics: Donna Polizio

Bionano Genomics has appointed Donna Polizio as its global head of market access. In this newly created role, Polizio will advocate for the company with government and private payors to drive global reimbursement for optical genome mapping-based tests, with a strong focus on the US market. In addition, Polizio will lead Bionano's government relations efforts, the company said. Prior to Bionano, Polizio was the VP of US managed care and reimbursement at Genomic Health.

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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.