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Olivier Elemento and Anshul Kundaje

Freenome has announced the formation of its scientific advisory board including inaugural members Olivier Elemento and Anshul Kundaje.

Elemento is director of the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine, head of the Cancer Systems Biology Laboratory, and associate professor of computational genomics in computational biomedicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He also serves as co-assistant dean for scientific computing, associate director of the Institute for Computational Biomedicine, and co-chair of the Genetics, Epigenetics and Systems Biology Program at the Meyer Cancer Center. 

Kundaje is an assistant professor of genetics and computer science at Stanford University, focused on computational regulatory genomics. He previously led integrative analysis efforts for the ENCODE Project and the Roadmap Epigenomics Project. 

According to Freenome, the new SAB will work closely with the company's management team to advance the development of the firm's technology platform and commercial disease screening products.

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.