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Genialis: Mojca Valjavec, Robyn Schlicher

Genialis has added four people to its team, including two senior executives. Mojca Valjavec has joined as head of compliance and regulatory operations, and has already helped the firm earn ISO 27000 recertification. Robyn Schlicher, who has a background in precision diagnostics, has been named director of business development strategy. Genialis has also hired Daniel Pointing and Sukhi Singh as domain experts, in the areas of partnership development and in findable, accessible, interoperable, and reproducible (FAIR) data standards, respectively. 

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.