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Spyro Mousses, John Hogenesch, Natasha Caplen, Lucas Pelkmans, Rick Brown

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Qiagen has created a high-throughput RNAi user forum open to all scientists, the company said this week.

The forum will be coordinated by Spyro Mousses, director of cancer drug development at Translational Genomics Research Institute; John Hogenesch, professor of neurobiology at the Scripps Research Institute; Natasha Caplen of the Center for Cancer Research at NCI; Carl Novina, assistant professor of cancer immunology and AIDS at Harvard Medical School; and Lucas Pelkmans, assistant professor at the Institute for Molecular Systems Biology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. (See this week's RNAinsider for more information about the user forum.)


MicroCal appointed Rick Brown CEO and president on March 6.

Brown joins MicroCal from Isis Phramaceuticals, where he was vice president of business development for Isis and president of GeneTrove.

MicroCal is a microcalorimeter maker headquarterd in Northampton, Mass.

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.