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Ribbon Biolabs: Jodi Barrientos

Synthetic biology company Ribbon Biolabs has appointed Jodi Barrientos as chief business officer. Barrientos was previously VP of commercial marketing for the Diagnostics Genomics Group at Agilent Technologies. During her tenure at Agilent, she also held leadership roles in commercial operations and sales in both clinical and research markets. Before joining Agilent, Barrientos served in global product management positions at Qiagen and field and technical applications at Roche Diagnostics. She holds a BS in molecular biology and microbiology from Purdue University.

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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.