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Vermillion Gets OK from Creditors for Reorganization Plan

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Vermillion today said that its unsecured creditors have "overwhelmingly accepted" its First Amended Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization.

Approval of the plan clears the way for the Fremont, Calif.-based molecular diagnostics firm to proceed to a confirmation hearing for the plan before the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. That confirmation hearing is scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 7.

Vermillion filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 30, 2009, but stayed in business as it sought US Food and Drug Administration clearance for its OVA1 ovarian tumor triage diagnostic test, which the firm received in September.

The firm subsequently filed its plan of reorganization and disclosure statement with the US Bankruptcy Court in November.

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.