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Day Zero Diagnostics: Amy Mathers, Rob Crisp

Day Zero Diagnostics has added Amy Mathers and Rob Crisp to its advisory board. Mathers is the associate director of clinical microbiology and the medical director of antimicrobial stewardship at The University of Virginia Medical School's department of pathology. Crisp is currently VP of research and development at Molecular Designs and was previously senior VP and president of microbiology R&D at BioFire Diagnostics and BioMerieux.

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.