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Oliver Liesenfeld

Inflammatix announced today that it has appointed Oliver Liesenfeld as chief medical officer. Liesenfeld comes to Inflammatix from Roche Diagnostics, where he has served as chief medical officer since 2012. Liesenfeld has over 25 years of industry and academic experience in the diagnostics field, with a focus on molecular diagnostics and infectious disease. Prior to Roche, Liesenfeld served as associate professor of medical microbioilogy and infection immunology at the Charite Medical School in Berlin, Germany, where his research focused on immune response to infections. 

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.