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US Army Gives Luminex $300K Grant to Develop Bio-Defense Apps for xMAP

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The US Army's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded Luminex $300,000 to develop its chip-scale xMAP technology for bio-defense applications, Luminex said today.
 
The grant covers a 12-month period and will be administered through the Department of the Army's US Army Research Office.
 
The xMAP technology is a bead-based flow cytometry product for multiplexing biological assays. It is designed to detects bio-pathogens on the scale of a microchip.  

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.