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Paul DePodesta

Paul DePodesta is joining the faculty of the Scripps Translational Science Institute as an assistant professor of bioinformatics. DePodesta is currently vice president of player development and scouting for the New York Mets, a role that he will maintain while at Scripps. He joined the Mets in 2010, and has previously worked in the front offices of several other Major League Baseball organizations including the San Diego Padres. DePodesta is a Harvard economics graduate who rose to prominence as assistant general manager to Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane, a role in which he used his knowledge of data analytics to radically alter the way the team recruited players.

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.