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People In The News: Jun 19, 2009

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Accelrys has named Max Carnecchia CEO, president, and a member of the board of directors, effective immediately. He replaces Todd Johnson, who resigned from his post on June 15 after serving as an interim CEO since January. Carnecchia had previously served as president of Interwoven, as VP of global sales at Xoriant, and VP of sales and services at SmartDB.

Sir Tom Blundell has taken on the post of the new chair of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, a four-year appointment. He takes over for outgoing Chair Douglas Kell. Blundell was the director general of the Agriculture and Food Research Council, one of the BBSRC's predecessor bodies, and he was founding chief executive of BBSRC when it was formed in 1994.

Bartha Knoppers has been named director of the new Centre of Genomics and Policy at the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre. Knoppers previously was a senior researcher and law professor at the University of Montreal, was chair of the International Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organization, and she was a member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO.

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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.