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In Brief This Week: Caliper Life Sciences; Interleukin Genetics; EMD Millipore; Waters; BioFocus

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Caliper Life Sciences this week said that the UK's Genome Analysis Centre, TGAC, will showcase its instrumentation for automated next-generation sequencing sample preparation and serve as a national reference site. Caliper said it will install at TGAC its NGS Bundle, which consists of its Sciclone NGS Workstation for library construction, the LabChip GX for library quantification and quality control, and the preparative LabChip XT for DNA size selection.

Interleukin Genetics has entered into an agreement to identify predictive biomarkers for use with Metagenics' Meta-060, which is being developed for weight management.

EMD Millipore, the life science division of Germany's Merck KGaA, has opened a new Biopharmaceutical Technical and Training Center in Shanghai, China. The center will provide support, training, and validation services to EMD Millipore's biopharmaceutical customers in China.

Waters said this week that it has designated the Proteomics Core Facility at Duke University School of Medicine as one of its Centers of Innovation. In previously launching the program, Waters recognized labs at Northeastern University, Imperial College London, the University of California-Davis, the university of Warwick, and Kings College London.

BioFocus this week said that it will use its SilenceSelect target discovery platform to validate drug targets in Astellas Pharma's neurology pipeline. BioFocus said that it would receive research funding and success payments based on progression of the collaboration.

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.