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Genomtec: Richard Moore

Polish point-of-care genetic diagnostics firm Genomtec has appointed Richard Moore as its chief technology officer. He replaces Jason Reece who is retiring. Moore was most recently head of engineering at Genedrive and has more than 25 years of experience in new product introduction and design in the medical devices and electronics industry. He also has worked at Optos, Dysis Medical, Cadence Design Systems, Newbridge Networks, and GEC Plessey Semiconductors.

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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.