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Dotmatics: Larry Samuelson, Neil Frye

Dotmatics has hired Larry Samuelson as chief legal officer and Neil Frye as chief people officer. Samuelson joins the company after nearly nine years as senior VP, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Cvent, an event technology firm he helped take public twice. Frye is former chief people officer of technology-centric pharmacy startup Alto Pharmacy and previously was in charge of global recruiting and human resources operations and technology at Dropbox.

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.