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Jon Cohen, Geoff Monk

Jon Cohen has been appointed as executive chairman of BioReference Laboratories, a unit of Opko Health.

Most recently, he was senior vice president and group executive for diagnostic solutions at Quest Diagnostics. Prior to that, he was a managing director for health industries services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and before that, chief medical officer at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Cohen holds a BS degree from the University of Miami and an MD degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine.

OpkoHealth has also promoted Geoff Monk to president of BioReference Laboratories. He joined the company last year as general manager.

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.