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Signature Genomic Teams with Med Center on Fellowship Program

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Signature Genomic Laboratories today said that it will be a partner site for Sacred Heart Medical Center’s genetic fellowship program, which recently received accreditation from the American Board of Medical Genetics.
Spokane, Wash.-based Signature Genomic Labs offers microarray-based cytogenetic diagnostic testing services. The firm’s Chief Medical Officer, Bassem Bejjani, who also is co-director of the molecular diagnostics lab of the Spokane medical center, said that Signature’s microarray testing “was instrumental in ABMG’s decision to offer accreditation” to Sacred Heart’s program.
The accreditation program allows doctors to complete a two-year training program in clinical cytogenetics or clinical molecular genetics at Sacred Heart and its partner sites at Signature and Inland Northwest Genetics Clinic.

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.