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Quadrant Biosciences: Funda Suer

Funda Suer has joined Quadrant Biosciences as EVP of clinical diagnostics and CLIA laboratory director. She was previously division head of molecular genetics at Sema4. Prior to that, Suer was at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where she was laboratory director as well as associate professor in the department of genetics and genomic sciences, according to her LinkedIn profile. She previously was senior director of genetics at Quest Diagnostics' Athena Diagnostics.

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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.