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NeoGenomics: Shashikant Kulkarni

Shashikant Kulkarni will join NeoGenomics as executive VP for research and development and CSO on March 7. Most recently, he served as CSO and senior VP of innovation and emerging business at Baylor Genetics, and as a tenured professor and vice chairman for research in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. Previously, he was head of clinical genomics and a professor of pathology and immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Kulkarni has also served as an expert panelist with several regulatory agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the National Institutes of Health. In addition, he is the editor in chief of Cancer Genetics.

The Scan

Foxtail Millet Pangenome, Graph-Based Reference Genome

Researchers in Nature Genetics described their generation of a foxtail millet pangenome, which they say can help in crop trait improvement.

Protein Length Distribution Consistent Across Species

An analysis in Genome Biology compares the lengths of proteins across more than 2,300 species, finding similar length distributions.

Novel Genetic Loci Linked to Insulin Resistance in New Study

A team reports in Nature Genetics that it used glucose challenge test data to home in on candidate genes involved in GLUT4 expression or trafficking.

RNA Editing in Octopuses Seems to Help Acclimation to Shifts in Water Temperature

A paper in Cell reports that octopuses use RNA editing to help them adjust to different water temperatures.