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Ilan Daskal, Dan Madden

Cepheid has announced the appointment of Dan Madden to fill the position of executive vice president, CFO following the departure of Ilan Daskal, who had been in that post since only April.

Madden previously served as Cepheid's vice president and corporate controller. Daskal's departure, meanwhile, is not related to financial disclosure, accounting or legal matters, the company said in a statement.

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.