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David Mitchell

The board of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics has appointed David Mitchell its CEO, effective Jan. 19. Mitchell has extensive experience leading and developing cross-disciplinary teams in the public as well as the private sectors. He was at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation for seven years and played a leadership role in developing CSIRO's bioinformatics capabilities and he held roles that were responsible for performing due diligence on commercial transactions and identifying business opportunities for spin-outs.

The Scan

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.

Topical Compound to Block EGFR Inhibitors May Ease Skin Toxicities, Study Finds

A topical treatment described in Science Translational Medicine may limit skin toxicities seen with EGFR inhibitor therapy.

Dozen Genetic Loci Linked to Preeclampsia Risk in New GWAS

An analysis of genome-wide association study data in JAMA Cardiology finds genetic loci linked to preeclampsia that have ties to blood pressure.

Cancer Survival Linked to Mutational Burden in Pan-Cancer Analysis

A pan-cancer paper appearing in JCO Precision Oncology suggests tumor mutation patterns provide clues for predicting cancer survival that are independent of other prognostic factors.