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Affy 500K Arrays Selected for Whole-Genome Scan of African American Cohort

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Boston University and Howard University researchers will use Affymetrix arrays to perform the first genome-wide scan of an African-American cohort for genes associated with obesity and other metabolic disorders, Affymetrix said today.
 
The researchers will use Affy's GeneChip Human Mapping 500K Array Set to search for genes associated with obesity, hypertension, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
 
The collected data will be included within the Affymetrix Control Program, which provides free public access to control cohort data for whole-genome association studies using the GeneChip technology.
 
The initial phase of the project will take less than a year, Affymetrix said.

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.