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Stephen Blose, Robert Strausberg

Stephen Blose has been elected to be chairman of BioMicro Systems, the company said this week. Blose has been a member of BioMicro’s board for three years.
 
Blose is CEO of Mill Valley Summit Group, which offers services and consulting for venture capital firms and life science companies.
 
Blose also has been a division general manager at Bio-Rad, working on commercializing DNA, informatics, and other systems. Before that he was president and CEO of Protein Databases.
 

 
The J. Craig Venter Institute is shuffling some of its executive staff while it restructures its two research divisions — The Institute for Genomic Research and the Center for the Advancement of Genomics — into several focused units.
 
The institute said that Craig Venter will remain JCVI chairman and president; Robert Strausberg will move from his job as president of the TCAG division to become deputy director of the JCVI; and Marv Frazier will shift from vice president of research at TCAG to become executive vice president of research of JCVI.

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.