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Patrick Roche has joined HTG Molecular Diagnostics as its new senior vice president for IVD assay development, HTG said last week.

Roche comes to HTG from Ventana Medical Systems, where he was VP of translational diagnostics and led companion diagnostics development efforts with pharmaceutical partners. Before Ventana, Roche was director of the immunohistochemistry clinical lab at the Mayo Clinic.


Molecular diagnostics firm CombiMatrix has hired Trilochan Sahoo as its new director of cytogenetics.

Sahoo will report to Chief Medical Officer Wes Tyson. Before joining CombiMatrix, Sahoo was senior director of clinical cytogenetics at Quest Diagnostics' Nichols Institute.

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.