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Jonathan "Jack" Lord has been appointed as president and CEO of Navigenics and will assume his new position May 1. He replaces Mari Baker, who left the company in March. Lord joins Navigenics from Humana, where he was senior vice president and chief innovation officer. Prior to that, he was president of Health Dialog.

Lisa Wise has been named chief operating officer, and James O'Leary has been appointed chief innovation officer, a new position, of Genetic Alliance, a non-profit health advocacy organization.

Wiese has been with Genetic Alliance for more than five years, focusing on a variety of projects. Her new responsibilities will include integrating operations with new strategic demands of the organization. She holds bachelor's degrees in political science and media arts and a master's degree in communications from the University of Arizona.

O'Leary will direct strategic innovation as Genetic Alliance broadens its service to the genetics community.

Paul Keim has been appointed to the scientific advisory board of Febit. He is a senior investigator and director of the pathogen genomics division at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., and a professor of biology at Northern Arizona University. Febit said Keim's expertise will be "particularly helpful in Febit's research activities in the field of biosecurity," and he will be a partner in developing new applications for the company's HybSelect sequence capture method.

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.