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GenieUs Genomics: Sherie Ma

Sherie Ma has been appointed as CEO of GenieUs Genomics, succeeding Matt Keon, who cofounded the company and will remain on its board. Ma joined the Sydney, Australia-based firm last June as CSO. Previously, she was a project leader and senior research fellow at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University. She also held senior R&D roles at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the University of Melbourne.

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.