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Diana Bianchi

The National Institutes of Health has appointed Diana Bianchi as director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). She is expected to join the NIH on Oct. 31. Bianchi will join NICHD from the Floating Hospital for Children and Tufts Medical Center, where she serves as the founding executive director of the Mother Infant Research Institute and vice chair for pediatric research. She also serves as a professor of pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine, and as the editor-in-chief of the international journal Prenatal Diagnosis.

The Scan

Foxtail Millet Pangenome, Graph-Based Reference Genome

Researchers in Nature Genetics described their generation of a foxtail millet pangenome, which they say can help in crop trait improvement.

Protein Length Distribution Consistent Across Species

An analysis in Genome Biology compares the lengths of proteins across more than 2,300 species, finding similar length distributions.

Novel Genetic Loci Linked to Insulin Resistance in New Study

A team reports in Nature Genetics that it used glucose challenge test data to home in on candidate genes involved in GLUT4 expression or trafficking.

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.