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Achim Plum

Curetis has appointed Achim Plum to the newly created role of chief commercial officer, where he will oversee all commercial activities, including international sales, business development, marketing, and medical affairs. Plum joins Curetis from a senior management position at Siemens where he developed in vitro diagnostics. Prior to working at Siemens, Plum was senior vice president of business and strategy at the molecular diagnostics firm Epigenomics. 

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.