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In Brief This Week: AB Sciex; BioServe; Cellectis Plant Sciences; Cylene Pharmaceuticals, Horizon Discovery; GeneWiz; SeqGen, Illumina

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Food and Drug Administration has purchased eight AB Sciex QTrap 5500 Systems for use at its headquarters and seven field labs for analysis of the US food supply, AB Sciex said this week.

BioServe said this week that the Maine Medical Center's Tissue Bank has joined the BioServe Network, a collection of research and medical institutes that provide biomaterials for a biorepository run by the firm.

Cellectis Plant Sciences, the plant genome engineering subsidiary of French firm Cellectis, has licensed rights to Midwest Oilseeds' Aerosol Beam Injector technology for precise modification of plant genomes. The technology allows functional meganucleases to be delivered directly into plant cells, thus avoiding the need for DNA vectors.

Cylene Pharmaceuticals will use Horizon Discovery's X-Man human isogenic cancer cell lines to identify patients who will respond to its CK2 inhibitor, CX-4945, which is currently in Phase I studies. The San Diego-based biopharmaceutical company is developing the kinase inhibitor for treatment of multiple myeloma.

Genewiz said this week that it has expanded its DNA sequencing capabilities with the opening of a new lab in Cambridge, Mass. The South Plainfield, NJ-based firm said that the new lab will offer a variety of sequencing services, as well as gene synthesis, molecular biology, and other genomic services.

Torrance, Calif.-based SeqGen has signed an agreement to become an instrument service provider for Illumina's NexGen GAIIx analyzers.

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.