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Ape Research Vote

Supporters of a bill to curtail invasive research on chimpanzees aim to bring it to a vote in the US Senate shortly, reports the Nature News Blog.

The bill includes changes from an earlier version, namely to lengthen the timeframe to bring such research to an end and allow the research animals to remain in lab housing if sanctuary space is not available, but the Nature News Blog says the "heart of the bill — banning invasive research on great apes, whether publicly or privately funded — remains the same, and animal research supporters are still actively opposing it."

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.