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SRA International Joins Global Genomics Alliance

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – SRA International, a provider of IT solutions and professional services to government organizations, said today that it has joined the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health.

The alliance, which seeks to accelerate genomic medicine to improve human health, currently has over 220 partner institutions working in healthcare, research, diseases advocacy, life science and information technology. Its organizational members include Illumina, Affymetrix, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, BGI, Google, and others.

Recently, SRA was named as one of the partners in a team led by the Institute for Systems Biology that was contracted by the National Cancer Institute to develop a cloud-based platform for hosting and analyzing cancer research data under the NCI's Cancer Genomics Cloud pilots Initiative.

The Scan

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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.