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Richard Green of the University of California, Santa Cruz has received a 2011 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Green's lab is focused on genome sequence assembly and comparative genome analysis. He worked on the sequencing and analysis of the Neandertal genome and is also working on the Genomes 10K project. The $50,000 fellowships were awarded to 118 early career scientists and scholars in recognition of achievement and potential to contribute substantially to their fields. Awards were given to scientists in the fields of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, and physics.


Marc Beer, chairman of Good Start Genetics, has joined the supervisory board of ER Ytech Pharma. Beer is the CEO of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, a position he has held sine August 2010. Previously he was the founder and CEO of Viacell, a biotech company that specialized in the preservation of umbilical cord blood stem cells. He has also served as vice president of global marketing for Genzyme's therapeutic division, the vice president of sales and marketing at Biostar, and has held senior management positions in the pharmaceutical and diagnostics divisions of Abbott Laboratories.


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.