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Marco Piccinini, Asaho Takei

Fluidigm has appointed Marco Piccinini as commercial lead for Europe and Asaho Takei as general manager in Japan, Fluidigm President and CEO Chris Linthwaite announced during the company's Q1 earnings call this week. Piccinini has held senior commercial leadership positions at PerkinElmer, Applied Biosystems, Life Technologies, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Takei previously worked for Illumina for more than 15 years.

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.