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Invitrogen, Cytori Therapeutics

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Invitrogen this week announced the availability of the Stempro human adipose- derived stem cell kit.
 
The kit consists of adipose-derived stem cells from human lipoaspirate tissue obtained under license from Cytori Therapeutics, which are passaged once before they are cryopreserved from primary cultures.
 
The kit also includes MesenPRO RS medium, a reduced serum (2 percent) medium optimized for the expansion of human mesenchymal stem cells.
 

Compared with bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells, ADSCs have very similar phenotypic and functional characteristics and have an equal potential to differentiate into cells and tissues of mesodermal origin such as bone, cartilage, and adipocytes, the company 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.