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Jean-Francois Formela, Vijay Chandru

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DeCode Genetics announced last week that Jean-Francois Formela has resigned from its board of directors.

Formela, a senior partner at Atlas Venture, has served on DeCode's board since the formation of the company in 1996. He resigned to devote his time to a new Atlas fund, the company said.

Atlas was among a group of venture firms that helped finance DeCode's start.


Vijay Chandru, the founder of Strand Genomics, was wounded when a gunman opened fire on a gathering of scientists at a conference at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, last week.

According to a report in the Times of India, the 52-year-old Chandru, a professor at IIS, sustained bullet injuries in the shoulder and leg from the attack. The report stated that Chandru was declared "out of danger" following surgery.

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.