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Benjamin Neale

Benjamin Neale has won the Leena Peltonen Prize for Excellence in Human Genetics for his contribution in developing statistical genetics methods and applying these approaches to cracking the genetics of neuropsychiatric diseases. After completing postdoctoral training in statistical genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the laboratory of Mark Daly, Neale established his own research group and is currently an assistant professor in the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at MGH. Additionally, he works as an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an institute member of the Broad Institute. The prize, established in 2010, is funded by the Leena Peltonen Memorial Fund in the Paulo Foundation and includes an award of €10,000.


The Scan

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.