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DiamiR Biosciences: Fred Knechtel

DiamiR Biosciences has appointed of Fred Knechtel as its new chief financial officer. Knechtel is currently the co-founder, CFO, and director of NorthView Acquisition, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company focusing on mergers in the life sciences and healthcare industry. He has previously served as CFO for Interpace Biosciences, CFO of GENEWIZ, CFO of Sims Metal management, and CFO of Remy International.

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.