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Metabolon Nets $6M in New VC Funding

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Metabolon has reeled in $6 million in new Series C financing from new investors Syngenta Ventures and Fletcher Spaght Ventures, and from previous investors, bringing the total funding for the round to $12.3 million, the company said today.

The Research triangle Park, NC-based metabolomic diagnostics company also said that it has agreed to expand an earlier research collaboration with Syngenta, and that Syngenta Ventures VP Carol Marina and Fletcher Spaght VP Guy Fish have joined its board of directors.

The investment was the first for Syngenta Ventures, the new VC subsidiary of plant genomics firm Syngenta.

The two new investors joined previous investors Seven Rosen Funds, Aurora Funds, Harris and Harris Group, Fulcrum Financial Partners and Alexandria Equities in the round.

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.