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Marylyn Ritchie

Marylyn Ritchie has been appointed senior investigator and founding director of Geisinger's newly established Biomedical and Translational Informatics program. Ritchie will maintain her laboratory at Pennsylvania State University where she is also a professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology. She is also the director of the school's Center for Systems Genomics. 

As part of her duties at Geisinger, she will recruit faculty members with expertise in health informatics and bioinformatics for the new program 

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.