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Oxford Nanopore Technologies: Wendy Becker

Oxford Nanopore Technologies has appointed Wendy Becker as senior independent director. Becker joined Oxford Nanopore in June 2021 as an independent non-executive director. Prior to joining the company, she served as chair for Logitech International, non-executive director of Sony, and member of the council of the University of Oxford.

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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.