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Microchip Biotechnologies Teams with Stanford to Accelerate Pyrosequencing

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Microchip Biotechnologies is working with scientists at Stanford University to develop a front-end microfluidic-based sample preparation system aimed at streamlining and speeding up pyrosequencing projects, the company said today.
Steven Jovanovich, CEO of Dublin, Calif.-based MBI, said the goal of the work is to automate the complex upstream template production process by using the firm’s Microscale-On-chip Valves to “greatly reduce upfront sample preparation time,” and to cut labor and reagent costs.
The privately held company is working with Stanford scientist Mostafa Ronaghi, who the company said was involved in introducing pyrosequencing in Sweden in the 1990s.

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.