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Exiqon has introduced the sixth generation of its miRcury LNA microRNA arrays for the expression profiling of human, mouse, and rat miRNAs.

The new microRNA arrays have 2,361 unique capture probes covering all mature human, mouse, rat, and related viral miRNA sequences as annotated in the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's miRBase v16.0. The array also contains capture probes for 66 proprietary miRPlus miRNAs, the company said.


Cellecta has launched the Decipher Project, an open-source platform for genome-wide RNAi screening offering reagents for running genetic knockdown screens, software tools for data analysis, and an open database of genetic knockdown screening results.

The effort is partly funded by the National Institutes of Health and is being run with collaborators at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the Scripps Research Institute, Cellecta said.

Researchers from academic and non-profit institutions can obtain, at no cost, pooled lentiviral-based shRNA libraries with basic controls and access software tools for data analysis and interpretation. In exchange, they only need to agree to publicly share all genetic screen data generated after publication.

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.