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Joel Brill

Toronto-based GeneNews has appointed Joel Brill chief medical officer of Innovative Diagnostic Laboratory, its US-based joint venture. Brill will assume responsibility for medical aspects of the laboratory and act as the company's medical lead with physicians, patients, and insurance providers. 

Brill comes to GeneNews with 30 years of experience providing medical oversight to data-driven health organizations; developing and implementing innovative health programs, products, and payment systems; and extensive experience in clinical practice and research. He has held management positions with several companies, including Predictive Health, Blue Shield of California, and Prudential Healthcare. He is also on editorial advisory boards for multiple journals. 

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.