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FDA: Stephen Hahn

Stephen Hahn is expected to be nominated as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration by President Trump, the White House said on Nov. 1. Hahn has been the chief medical executive at the MD Anderson Cancer Center since 2018 and a professor of radiation oncology at MD Anderson since 2015. Previously, he was chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania, and before that, he was a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute. Hahn holds a medical degree from Temple University and a BA in biology from Rice University. Following his appointment, Ned Sharpless, current acting commissioner of the FDA, will return to his post as director of the NCI, and Doug Lowy, who took over for Sharpless, will return to be principal deputy director of the NCI.

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.