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Thermo Fisher Scientific: Debora Spar, Patrick Durbin, Gianluca Pettiti

Debora Spar has been elected as a director of Thermo Fisher Scientific. She is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Previously, she was president and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and before that, president of Barnard College. Spar holds a PhD in government from Harvard University and a BSc from Georgetown University.

Also, Patrick Durbin, senior vice president at Thermo Fisher Scientific, has decided to leave the company, effective Oct. 1. He will be replaced by Gianluca Pettiti, president of the firm's biosciences business. Prior to that, Pettiti was president of Thermo Fisher China.

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.