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Markus Rampp, Thomas Soddemann, Thomas Heydler


Germany’s Max Planck Society has awarded the 2004 Heinz Billing Award for the Advancement of Scientific Computation to Markus Rampp and Thomas Soddemann for developing MiGenAS (Microbial Genome Analysis System), a bioinformatics workflow management package. The award is worth €3,000.

Definiens has appointed Thomas Heydler as its new CEO. Prior to joining Definiens, Thomas was president and CEO at InterPro Business Solutions and Barcelona Design. He also served as vice president at Documentum, and held senior management positions at Cadence Design Systems and Siemens.


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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.