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GenDx: Iwijn de Vlaminck

GenDx has appointed Iwijn de Vlaminck as scientific advisor. He is an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Cornell University, where his research focuses on developing precision molecular analysis technologies for monitoring infectious diseases and immune-related complications. GenDx expects his knowledge of cell-free DNA as a transplantation biomarker to be of use in developing products to improve transplantation outcomes. GenDx's scientific advisory board now consists of de Vlaminck, John Trowsdale, Seiamak Bahram, and Frans Claas. Together, these advisors cover the fields of precision medicine technologies, MHC immunogenetics, non-conventional histocompatibility genes, blood groups, immunohematology, and blood transfusion.

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.