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Multiplicom said this week that it has appointed Ian Gilham as chairman of the board. Gilham was first COO, then CEO of in vitro diagnostics company Axis-Shield until it was acquired by Alere in November 2011. Prior to this, he was vice president of pharmacogenetics at GlaxoSmithKline. He has also held general management, marketing, business development, and R&D positions at Abbott Laboratories, Celltech, and Amersham.


The American Clinical Laboratory Association has named Julie Khani to be its senior vice president, a new position at the organization. Khani will oversee advocacy and policy operations, and will run a team of three vice presidents.

She recently was vice president of public policy at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and before that she was the association's director of federal and legislative affairs. Prior to her 11 years at NACDS, Khani was a legislative manager at Ford Motor Company.

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.