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Nebula Genomics: Russ Altman

The Nebula Genomics subsidiary of ProPhase Labs has appointed Russ Altman to its advisory board. Altman, professor of bioengineering, genetics, medicine, biomedical data science, and computer science at Stanford University, becomes just the second member of Nebula's advisory board, after company founder George Church. Altman is a former chair of Stanford's bioengineering department, a past president, founding board member, and fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology, and a past president of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

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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.