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Quanterix has named Kevin Hrusovsky executive chairman of its board of directors.

Hrusovsky will replace Martin Madaus, who gave up his chairman seat to be chairman and CEO of Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics but who will remain on the Quanterix board.

Hrusovsky formerly was president of PerkinElmer Life Sciences & Technology. He was CEO of Caliper Life Sciences and joined PerkinElmer after that firm acquired Caliper in 2011 for $600 million. Hrusovsky also previously served as CEO of Zymark, and he was president of FMC Corporation's Pharmaceuticals and International Agricultural Products.

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.