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Lego is re-issuing its limited edition Research Institute set, the New York Times reports. The set include female scientist figurines, including an astronomer, a chemist, and a paleontologist.

The set was introduced over the summer and was originally pitched by Ellen Kooijman, a geochemist, through Lego's Ideas platform.

"As a female scientist I had noticed two things about the available Lego sets: a skewed male/female minifigure ratio and a rather stereotypical representation of the available female figures," Kooijman wrote on her blog at the time. "It seemed logical that I would suggest a small set of female minifigures in interesting professions to make our Lego city communities more diverse."

The Times notes that the set sold out quickly over the summer and that there is a one per customer restriction in the US for the current re-issue.

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.