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Bioinformatics startup Omicia has appointed Leroy Hood and Paul Flicek to its scientific advisory board. Hood is co-founder and president of the Institute for Systems Biology and helped found several companies, including Applied Biosystems (now Life Technologies) and Amgen. Flicek is team leader and senior scientist at the European Bioinformatics Institute.


DNAnexus has appointed Marc Olesen as president and chief operating officer to help the company as it readies the commercial launch of its new genomic data management and analysis platform.

Olesen was most recently senior vice president and general manager of network and cloud security for McAfee. He was also vice president of software-as-a-service for Mercury Interactive, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard. He holds a BA in economics and an MS in industrial engineering from Stanford University.

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.