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People in the News: Feb 5, 2009


Opko Health board member Michael Reich has resigned his position from the company.

According to an Opko filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Reich’s departure is not related to any disagreement with the company.

Reich previously served on the board of Acuity Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Opko in 2007 (see RNAi News, 3/29/2007). He is also the uncle of Acuity co-founder and Opko Executive Vice President Sam Reich.

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.