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OncoHost: Chris Dingman, James Whelan

OncoHost has named Chris Dingman chief commercial officer. Dingman was previously area director of the Western United States and CancerType ID commercial lead at Biotheranostics, a Hologic company. In the past, he held positions at Life Technologies, Caris, Merck Pharmaceuticals, and Sanofi.

Additionally, James Whelan has joined OncoHost's board of directors. Whelan was previously senior VP of managed care for Laboratory Corporation of America. He has also held leadership roles at BioMérieux, Magellan Biosciences, and Fisher Scientific.

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.