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Winners of Science and Technology Medals

The White House has announced 12 new recipients of the National Medal of Science and 11 recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Among the awardees are the Institute for Systems Biology's Leroy Hood, Sallie Chisholm at MIT, Stanford University's Lucy Shapiro, Caltech's Frances Arnold, and Robert Langer at MIT.

“I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators,” US President Barack Obama says in a statement. “They represent the ingenuity and imagination that has long made this Nation great—and they remind us of the enormous impact a few good ideas can have when these creative qualities are unleashed in an entrepreneurial environment.”

The medals will be awarded in early 2013.

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.