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Tripos has released Surflex-Dock, a flexible molecular docking algorithm developed by Ajay Jain, a faculty member at the University of California San Francisco Cancer Research Institute. Surflex-Dock "couples a unique scoring function with a patented search engine," Jain said in a statement. Tripos said that the algorithm has been "extensively validated and favorably compared with all leading competing methods by independent researchers." Surflex-Dock is immediately available as part of Tripos' Sybyl molecular modeling environment.

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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.

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In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.