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CareDx: Hannah Valantine

CareDx has appointed Hannah Valantine to its board of directors.

Valantine is a professor of medicine at Stanford and the former NIH CSO for Scientific Workforce Diversity. Prior to joining the NIH, she served as professor of cardiovascular medicine and senior associate dean for diversity and leadership at Stanford. Valantine has partnered with CareDx for several years, including as a principal investigator on publications for the company's AlloMap Heart test, and is one of the researchers behind the original patents for CareDx's AlloSure test.

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.