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Scott Bortner

RainDance Technologies appointed Scott Bortner its vice president of intellectual property. He will be responsible for strengthening and defending the IP portfolio underlying RainDance's core digital droplet technology and applications for non-invasive, liquid biopsy research. Bortner has more than 25 years of experience in the genomics IP space and has held senior IP counsel positions at Applied Biosystems, Affymetrix, and Natera.

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.