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Genomics England: Mark Caulfield

Mark Caulfield will be leaving his role as chief scientist at Genomics England at the end of July.

Caulfield joined Genomics England in 2013 and led oversight and delivery of the 100,000 Genomes Project. More recently, he worked with NHS England to create the UK National Genomic Test Directory and NHS Genomic Medicine Service.

He will be taking up the role of CEO at Barts Life Sciences, a research and innovation partnership between Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust.

The Scan

Foxtail Millet Pangenome, Graph-Based Reference Genome

Researchers in Nature Genetics described their generation of a foxtail millet pangenome, which they say can help in crop trait improvement.

Protein Length Distribution Consistent Across Species

An analysis in Genome Biology compares the lengths of proteins across more than 2,300 species, finding similar length distributions.

Novel Genetic Loci Linked to Insulin Resistance in New Study

A team reports in Nature Genetics that it used glucose challenge test data to home in on candidate genes involved in GLUT4 expression or trafficking.

RNA Editing in Octopuses Seems to Help Acclimation to Shifts in Water Temperature

A paper in Cell reports that octopuses use RNA editing to help them adjust to different water temperatures.