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Genomenon: Sam Globus

Genomenon has hired Sam Globus as VP of operations. He comes to the bioinformatics company after serving as VP of strategy and operations at Eagle Genomics. Globus previously was VP of business strategy and operations at Celmatix, an early adopter of Genomenon's Mastermind Genomic Search Engine. In earning a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from Weill Cornell University Medical College, Globus performed research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center focusing on the basic molecular processes that create genetic diversity in eukaryotes.

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.