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Todd Laird and David Dimmock

Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego has appointed Todd Laird as chief operating officer and David Dimmock as medical director. Most recently, Laird has been an active investor and advisor to a portfolio of early-stage life science companies. He has also held a variety of global operations and commercial roles with various companies, including American Hospital Supply, Baxter International, GE Healthcare, and Life Technologies. Before joining Rady Children's, Dimmock worked as a clinician and his practice focused on the diagnosis of heritable disorders in children and adults, and the longer term care of patients with mitochondrial and metabolic disorders. He has also been the principal investigator for multiple industry sponsored studies evaluating novel therapeutics for these disorders.

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.