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Cepheid: Vitor Rocha

Vitor Rocha has joined Cepheid as president. He comes to the molecular diagnostics company after 12 years at Phillips, during which he served as CEO of Phillips North America and CEO of the firm's global ultrasound business. Prior to that, he held various leadership positions at GE Healthcare. Roche holds an MBA in business administration and management from Penn State University and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from PUC Minas University in Brazil.

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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.