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Personal Genome Diagnostics: Mark Sausen

Personal Genome Diagnostics has appointed Mark Sausen as VP of technology innovation. Sausen previously spent six years as VP of research and development at PGDx and returns to the company from a stint as scientific director of clinical genetics and genomics at Bristol Myers Squibb. In his new role at PGDx, Sausen will lead the identification and development of new genomic sequencing technologies and applications to expand the firm's Elio product line.

Among other experience, Sausen has contributed to research at the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics, the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, and the Human Performance Laboratory. He holds a PhD in cellular and molecular medicine from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and has received numerous awards and research grants for his work in genomics and diagnostics.

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.