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D. Gary Gilliland

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has named cancer genetics and precision medicine expert D. Gary Gilliland as its new president and director. Gilliland will assume his new role on Jan. 2. Gilliland previously was vice president of precision medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. Before that he was an executive at Merck Research Laboratories and spent two decades at Harvard Medical School teaching medicine and investigating the genetic basis of blood cancers. His work has led to the development of a number of personalized cancer therapies.

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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.