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New Products: LifeCodexx's PrenaTest; RainDance's ThunderBolts

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LifeCodexx's PrenaTest for noninvasive detection of fetal anueploidies is now available for use in multiple pregnancies. It can also be used following fertility treatment, such as in vitro fertilization or egg donation after the 9th week of gestation.

The firm is also offering PrenaTest express, which has a turnaround time of one week, in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.


RainDance Technologies has launched its ThunderBolts Cancer Panel, which covers 49 cancer-related genes and runs on its RainDance Source Instrument, a $50,000 compact digital PCR system. The panel requires 1.5 hours of hands-on time and 10 ng of starting DNA and can detect mutations at a minor allele frequency below 5 percent, according to the company.

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.