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X Prize Names Hi-Tech Entrepreneur to Run Archon Prize for Genomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The X Prize Foundation today said it has appointed high-tech executive and entrepreneur Marc Hodosh to lead the $10 million Archon X Prize for Genomics.
Hodosh formerly worked at facial-recognition company ID One, and chaired a robotics competition for inventor Dean Kamen, who developed the Segway, the foundation said.
As GenomeWeb News reported last fall, the X Prize Foundation will award $10 million to the first group to sequence 100 diploid human genomes in 10 days for $1 million.
Hodosh said he believes genomics has unlimited potential to combat diseases, “but not until we have access to affordable and fast genome sequencing will we be able to take advantage of the countless benefits.”

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.