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Thai Researchers Sequence H5N1 Bird-Flu Genome

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (GenomeWeb News) - Thai scientists from Chalalongkorn University have sequenced 95 percent of the H5N1 bird-flu virus genome, Xinhua quoted the Nation Newspaper as reporting on Saturday.

 

According to Xinhua, the researchers sequenced the genome from specimens collected from infected chickens from a farm.

 

Yong Phuvorawan, head of the Chalalongkorn research team, was quoted as saying the sequenced genome would help in developing a vaccine against the virus.

 

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.