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Skolkovo Tech Gets Going

Russia's Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology has a new administrator and has announced partnerships, ScienceInsider reports. Skolkovo Tech was created as "an attempt to create a Silicon Valley-style technology hothouse on the outskirts of Moscow," Science reported in 2010.

Those research efforts will now be led by Edward Seidel, who led the mathematical and physical sciences section of the US National Science Foundation. Seidel tells ScienceInsider that Skolkovo has "an interdisciplinary structure that preserves excellence in each field and an emphasis on innovation as well as basic research." He adds that the challenge will be meeting the goal to have 200 faculty members by 2020.

Skolkovo Tech also announced three teams — focusing on infectious disease and RNA therapeutics, stem cell research, and electrochemical energy storage — that are to receive $10 million a year for up to five years each to pursue their research.

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.