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Signature Genomic Labs Granted ISO Certification

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Signature Genomic Laboratories has received certification from the International Standards Organization for its clinical lab services and products, the company said today.

The ISO 9001:2008 certification specifically applies to the lab services and design and production of the Genoglyphix research-use-only products, including software, microarrays, and labeled DNA probes.

The Spokane, Wash.-based company performs diagnostic genetic testing of chromosome abnormalities in patients with unexplained mental retardation and birth defects.

"With this certification, our customers can be confident that Signature Genomics has an internationally recognized quality management system that is focused on meeting or exceeding their needs in a timely manner and continually improving all facets of our business," Richard Lloyd, quality manager of Signature Genomic Laboratories, said in a statement.

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.