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In Brief This Week: AB Sciex, ICR; Warnex; DNA Genotek; Almac Diagnostics; Arrayjet; AMDeC

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – AB Sciex this week said that it is collaborating with The Institute for Cancer Research in the UK on standardizing methods of mass spectrometry-based tissue imaging. ICR is using AB Sciex's TOF/TOF 5800 system to study metastasis.

Warnex this week said that it has teamed with the non-profit Movement Retrouvailles to offer genetic identification services to people affected by adoption issues who are searching for birth parents, children, or siblings.

DNA Genotek said that the Flemish Institute for Technological Research has selected the firm's Oragene RNA kit for human biomonitoring research projects. Included among those projects is the study of stress on human volunteers participating in parabolic flight. Saliva samples will be collected using the kit before and after the experiment, said DNA Genotek.

Almac Diagnostics this week said that it has launched a bioinformatics consultancy that will support partners in discovering and developing biomarkers. In addition to biomarker discovery and development, it will offer exploratory analysis, mechanistic and functional analysis, traditional and next-generation sequencing data analysis, biostatistics, and data integration.

Arrayjet has launched custom microarray services based on its non-contact inkjet technology. The UK-based firm intends to continue manufacturing and selling its instruments in addition to offering the services.

The Academy for Medical Development and Collaboration, a consortium of 22 academic biomedical research institutes in the New York area focused on resource sharing, said this week that BioStorage Solutions will offer services to AMDeC's members as part of the Vendor Partnership Program. AMDeC's members will received preferred pricing on biomaterial storage and relocation services offered by BioStorage.

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.