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Elizabeth Blackburn

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies has appointed Elizabeth Blackburn as president. Blackburn will join the Salk Institute effective Jan. 1, 2016. In 2001, she served as a Salk non-resident fellow. Blackburn is currently a professor in the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. She won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for discovering the molecular nature of telomeres and for co-discovering telomerase. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Blackburn has received nearly every major award in science, including the Lasker, Gruber, and Gairdner prizes.  

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.