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Uta Francke, Val Sheffield, Kevin Campbell, Howard Worman, Benjamin Tycko

MNG Laboratories has added five members to its scientific advisory board. The new members are Uta Francke, professor emerita in the Department of Genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine; Val Sheffield, professor of pediatrics and ophthalmology and director of the Division of Medical Genetics at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; Kevin Campbell, professor of neurology and internal medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; Howard Worman, professor of medicine and pathology and cell biology at Columbia University; and Benjamin Tycko, senior scientist in the Department of Biomedical Research at Hackensack University Medical Center.

The Scan

Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.