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Sema4: Andrew Kasarskis

Sema4 has appointed Andrew Kasarskis to the newly created position of chief data officer. Kasarskis will be responsible for establishing additional structures and processes to optimize the company's health intelligence platform and orchestrating data use and data science to support R&D, Sema4 said. He most recently served as executive vice president and chief data officer of the Mount Sinai Health System. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at Pacific Biosciences, Sage Bionetworks, and Merck. He holds a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from the University of California, Berkeley; and a BS in biology and BA in chemistry from the University of Kentucky.

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.