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In Brief This Week: Danaher; Sequenom; Agilent Technologies, BIO5 Institute; University of Colorado; University of Michigan

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Danaher this week said that its board of directors has approved a quarterly dividend of $.025 per share payable on Oct. 28, to shareholders of record on Sept. 30.

A US District judge has sentenced two brothers found guilty of conspiring to trade Sequenom stock options using insider information to three years of probation. The brothers, patent agent Aaron Scalia, and his brother, Stephen Scalia, pleaded guilty to insider trading earlier this year. Aaron Scalia was also ordered to spend four months in a halfway house, pay restitution of $185,000, and perform community service.

Agilent Technologies this week said that it will collaborate with Shane Snyder of the University of Arizona's BIO5 Institute on ways to detect contaminants in water including pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and other substances.

The University of Colorado Board of Regents this week unanimously approved the creation of the system-wide CU Biofrontiers Institute. The institute, which evolved from the Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology, is led by Nobel Laureate Thomas Cech. The new institute will bring together faculty members across many disciplines at the university, including chemistry, biochemistry, computational biology, molecular biology, applied mathematics, evolutionary biology, physics, engineering, and others.

The University of Michigan Medical School said this week that it will be one of the first medical schools in the country to establish a comprehensive Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics Department, following approval by its Board of Regents. According to UM, around 15 US colleges have academic departments for bioinformatics, computational biology, or clinical informatics, or bioinformatics. Its medical school will bring these related areas together in a single department and build on its existing institution, the U-M Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics.

In Brief This Week is a Friday column containing news items that our readers may have missed during the week.

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.