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This post has been updated to clarify the study's findings. The updated Reuters story may be found here.

Avastin's effectiveness against breast cancer is still being debated, but Roche says there's now evidence to show that the drug, in combination with other treatments, has a significant effect on patients with glioblastoma, Reuters reports. Roche reported results of its phase III AVAglio study in which glioblastoma patients were treated with radiation, temozolomide and either Avastin or placebo, followed by temozolomide and either Avastin or placebo. According to Roche, the study shows Avastin improves progression-free survival of glioblastoma patients, Reuters says.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.