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Beijing Genomics Institute to Perform DNA Identification of Tsunami Victims

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (GenomeWeb News) - Supporting the wishes of the Chinese government, the Beijing Genomics Institute of China has volunteered to test DNA samples of the dead and the relatives of missing foreigners in Thailand who perished in the tsunami that pummeled Southeast Asia last month.


"Chinahas decided to assist Thailandin order to hasten the process of DNA testing and to ensure the confidence of foreign countries," said Supachai Kunaratanapruk, deputy permanent secretary of the Thai health ministry.


A team of Chinese DNA experts will go to PhuketIslandin Thailandand work with other international teams to identify remains.


This week, BGI established a DNA working group and drafted a protocol for DNA sample collection. Group leader Yajun Deng said that the team has the capability of processing 5,000 DNA samples per day.

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.