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Charles Lee

The Human Genome Organization (HUGO) has appointed Charles Lee as its president. He will serve as president-elect for one year and then succeed the current president, Stylianos Antonarakis. Lee currently serves as the scientific director of the Jackson Laboratory (JAX) for Genomic Medicine. Additionally, he is a professor at Ewha Womans University in South Korea, and serves on the HUGO council. Before coming to JAX, he worked on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and as a clinical laboratory geneticist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

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.