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Informed DNA: Sobha Pisharody

Informed DNA has hired Sobha Pisharody for the newly created role of chief strategy and product officer. As such, Pisharody will lead efforts to modernize the firm's knowledgebase into a scalable technology platform, with the goal of improving the delivery of actionable decision support to healthcare providers and pharmaceutical and biotech researchers. Pisharody, who holds a PhD in molecular oncology and immunology from New York University, has more than 20 years of experience in life sciences, with startups as well as with major companies including Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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.