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Gradientech: Hilja Ibert, Nedal Safwat

Gradientech has appointed Hilja Ibert and Nedal Safwat to its board, effective May 9. Ted Elvhage and Simon Turner chose not to run for reelection to the board, the Swedish rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing firm said. Ibert has more than 30 years of experience in the clinical diagnostics industry and has worked at Hologic, Becton Dickinson, and BioMérieux. She is currently CEO of Gentian Diagnostics. Safwat is the VP and head of molecular diagnostics North America at Qiagen. He was previously at BioMérieux and covered microbiology applications such as bacteria identification, antibiotic susceptibility testing, antibiotic resistance, and sepsis detection products.

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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.