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The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently launched a Heteroplasmic Mitochondrial DNA Mutation Detection Standard to aid researchers in developing and testing techniques for detecting low-frequency mutations in heteroplasmic DNA, NIST said in a statement. The reference standard includes a set of 10 mixtures of two DNA fragments (different at only one nucleotide) at different relative concentrations, the organization said.

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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.