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People in the News: Jill Hagenkord, Robert Daber

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Personal genetic testing firm 23andMe has hired Jill Hagenkord as its chief medical officer. She will be the company's liaison to physician, medical, genetics and research industry groups, and oversee laboratory operations.

Before joining 23andMe, Hagenkord was senior VP of medical strategy for InVitae, another genetics firm. She has subspecialty training in both pathology/oncology informatics and molecular genetic pathology.


Bio-Reference Laboratories announced that Robert Daber has taken on a dual role at the company's Elmwood Park, NJ, headquarters as director of research and development and director of cancer genetics. Before joining Bio-Reference Laboratories, Daber was technical director of clinical genetics at the University of Philadelphia.

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.