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Althea Wins $100K SBIR Grant to Develop Assays for Pediatric Cancers

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (GenomeWeb News) - Althea Technologies has received a $100,000 Phase I SBIR grant from the National Cancer Institute to help develop validated, quantitative gene-expression assays for multiple pediatric cancers.


The assays are being translated and validated to high-throughput assays using Althea's eXpress Profiling technology. The platform is a high-throughput PCR-based gene-expression analysis technique that can be used to quantitate the gene expression values of 20-35 genes in a single PCR reaction.


Serving as the basis for the development of the multiplexed PCR assays will be research performed by Javed Khan, an oncologist at the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the NCI.

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.