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Humor, We Hope: Sep 1, 2011


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.