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Jill Hagenkord

Color Genomics has appointed Jill Hagenkord as chief medical officer. Hagenkord is a board-certified molecular genetic pathologist with a mix of clinical and industry experience, and is also currently an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to joining Color, she was chief medical officer of 23andMe. Hagenkord has also previously held executive positions with Invitae, Complete Genomics, and iKaryos Diagnostics, which she founded.

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.