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Jan Lötvall

Codiak BioSciences has appointed Jan Lötvall as chief scientist. Lötvall will report to Douglas Williams, president and CEO, and he will begin his new position this summer. Lötvall joins Codiak from Göteborg University, where he served as professor of allergy since 2002, and as chairman of the Krefting Research Center. This month he also completed his term as the first elected president of the International Society of Extracellular Vesicles, which he helped start in 2011. From 1988, to 1990, he was a fellow at the Department of Thoracic Medicine at Imperial College London, and from 1997 to 1998, he was a visiting professor in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at McMaster University in Canada.

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.