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Robert Goggin

Robert Goggin, who was elected to Vermillion's board in 2013 amid shareholder discontent, will be retiring from the board at the end of his current term, the company said in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. 

He will not stand for reelection to the board during Vermillion's 2015 annual shareholders' meeting and told the company that his retirement is not the result of any disagreement with Vermillion. 

Googin was elected to the board two years ago as a candidate put forth by a trio of dissident shareholders that included himself in order to influence Vermillion's then-management team.

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.