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First Genetic Trust Gets Patent for Banking System

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (GenomeWeb News) - First Genetic Trust has received a patent for an electronic genetic banking system, the company said today.


The patent, US patent No. 6,460,211 B1, covers methods, processes, and electronic systems for securely storing, analyzing, and managing genetic data.


First Genetic Trust, headquartered in Chicago, is aiming to develop and commercialize genetic banking and research management applications for biomedical research.


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.