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CombiMatrix has launched its ElectraSense microarray reader. The palm-sized reader electrochemically measures up to 12,000 probes on an array in less than 25 seconds, according to the Mukilteo, Wash.-based firm.

CombiMatrix said it was able to develop the compact reader by eliminating optics, light sources, and some alignment components, and by using common enzymes and substrates. The ElectraSense reader was developed with funding from the US Department of Defense.

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.