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Thermo Fisher Joins BioIT Alliance

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Thermo Fisher Scientific said today that it has joined the BioIT Alliance, a group of biotech and IT companies working with Microsoft to advance biomedical information technology.
 
Dave Champagne, vice president of informatics and general manager at Thermo Fisher, said that the company’s strategy for standardization and interoperability aligns well with the goals of the Alliance.
 
Champagne said the company hopes to “help drive standards that enable end-to-end workflows for our customers, regardless of their industry.”

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.