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Meet the Scientists

"Can you name a female scientist?" asks the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Unless you know one, the answer is probably no."

The newspaper this week profiles seven female scientists — all of whom are in their 30s — who it says are "blazing new trails" in their research. Among them are La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology's Sonia Sharma, who directs the RNAi Center there and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies neurobiologist Nicola Allen.

"There are hundreds of such women in San Diego County," says the Union-Tribune.

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.