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Jim Merryweather has become vice president of business development at NextBio. Most recently, he was vice president of strategic planning and business development at Applied Biosystems. Prior to that, he was executive vice president for sales and marketing and executive vice president of pharmaceutical corporate development at Ciphergen Biosystems. Before that, he held several positions at Incyte. Merryweather holds a PhD in biochemistry from Washington State University and a BS in chemistry from Northern Illinois University.


Robert Hariri has joined the board of directors of WaferGen Biosystems. He is the CEO of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics. He is also a member of the scientific advisory board for the Archon X Prize for Genomics.

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.