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Bartu Ahiska

Oxford Biodynamics has appointed Bartu Ahiska as senior vice president (commercial) to spearhead commercialization of the company's EpiSwitch technology platform. Ahisku joins OBD from the Knight Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, where he has been the manager of innovation, IP, and and commercialization since 2016. He was a cofounder and remains a non-executive director of Trogenex in San Diego, and was COO and CEO of cloud-computing company Approxy before its acquisition by Numecent.

The Scan

Study Points to Tuberculosis Protection by Gaucher Disease Mutation

A mutation linked to Gaucher disease in the Ashkenazi Jewish population appears to boost Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance in a zebrafish model of the lysosomal storage condition, a new PNAS study finds.

SpliceVault Portal Provides Look at RNA Splicing Changes Linked to Genetic Variants

The portal, described in Nature Genetics, houses variant-related messenger RNA splicing insights drawn from RNA sequencing data in nearly 335,700 samples — a set known as the 300K-RNA resource.

Automated Sequencing Pipeline Appears to Allow Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Lineage Detection in Nevada Study

Researchers in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describe and assess a Clear Labs Dx automated workflow, sequencing, and bioinformatic analysis method for quickly identifying SARS-CoV-2 lineages.

UK Team Presents Genetic, Epigenetic Sequencing Method

Using enzymatic DNA preparation steps, researchers in Nature Biotechnology develop a strategy for sequencing DNA, along with 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, on existing sequencers.