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Fluidigm Licenses Gyros Patent

NEW YORK, March 18 - Swedish compact-disk microfluidics maker Gyros has licensed some of its technology to Fluidigm, the companies said today.


The licensing deal covers US patent 5,376,252, as well as corresponding worldwide patents.


Fluidigm, which imakes flexible soft-lithography-based microfluidics technology has recently launched a device, the Topaz crystallizer, which automates different stages of protein crystallization experiments.


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.