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IDbyDNA: Neil Gunn, Guochun Liao

Neil Gunn has been appointed as CEO of pathogen detection firm IDbyDNA, succeeding Guochun Liao, the firm's cofounder, in this role. Gunn joins the company from Roche Diagnostics, where he was president and head of the sequencing business unit. Previously, he led commercial operations, global marketing, and the Americas business at Chiron, where he helped introduce HIV and HCV molecular blood screening tests.

Liao will become IDbyDNA's chief innovation officer and serve as the company's president and board chairman.

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.