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Humor, We Hope: Sep 1, 2011

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Several respondents to Genome Technology's 2011 conference survey shared the strangest sponsor giveaways and vendor freebies they've received at scientific meetings. Some of those submissions appear in this crossword puzzle. [Clues marked with an asterisk (*) indicate survey respondent-submitted swag. Answers below.]

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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.