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Frances Arnold

Illumina has appointed Frances Arnold to its board of directors. Currently, Arnold manages a research group at the California Institute of Technology and serves as director of the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center. She joined CalTech in 1986 and has served as visiting associate, assistant professor, professor, and director. She currently runs a laboratory at CalTech that focuses on protein engineering by directed evolution with applications in alternative energy, chemicals, and medicine.

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.