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Myriad Genetics: Mark Pollack

Myriad Genetics has named Mark Pollack as chief medical officer of Myriad Neuroscience. Pollack will start in this new role on Jan. 15, 2020, and will report to Mark Verratti, president of the neuroscience division. In this position, Pollack will be in charge of efforts to integrate the GeneSight pharmacogenetic test into clinical practice. Pollack is a psychiatrist with three decades of experience in clinical psychiatry and neuroscience. He served as professor and chair of the psychiatry department at Rush University Medical Center in Chicaco, and before that he was a psychiatry professor at Harvard Medical School and directed the Center of Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

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.