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Edward Russell

Edward Russell has joined Quidel in the newly created role of senior vice president, global commercial operations, the company said in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The position will consolidate Quidel's commercial functions under one global commercial umbrella, the firm said. Russell was previously with Thermo Fisher Scientific, and before that, he was with Life Technologies, which was acquired by Thermo Fisher. At Life Tech he had various leadership roles, including North America commercial leader of the BioSciences Division, and president of Life Technologies Japan. He also has held leadership positions at FedEx Kinko's, ExxonMobil, and Toyota/Lexus. 

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.