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New Product Watch: Apr 14, 2009

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Kapa Biosystems has launched its SYBR Fast qPCR Kit. The kit contains a DNA polymerase evolved specifically for real-time PCR that the firm claims yields improvements in signal-to-noise ratio, cycle threshold, linearity, and sensitivity.

The kit’s DNA polymerase and proprietary buffer system also enhances the amplification efficiency of difficult templates, including GC- and AT-rich templates.

According to Kapa, the kits are suited for gene-expression analysis, microarray validation, low-copy gene detection, and gene-knockdown validation.

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.