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Committee Changes

Following the elections in the US, ScienceInsider notes that about a quarter of the House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will change due to defeats at the polls or retirements. Currently, the committee is made up of 23 Republicans and 17 Democrats, though four (one Republican and three Democratic) spots are not filled. Six Republicans — all due to defeats — and four Democrats — one defeat and three retirements — will be leaving the committee, according to ScienceInsider's analysis.

While the committee is "considered a second-tier assignment because it has relatively little power" over scientific agencies like the National Institutes of Health, it does "play a significant role in shaping broad policy and conducting oversight investigations into agency activities," ScienceInsider says.

The committee will also have a new chair.

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.