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Sigma-Aldrich this week announced the launch of the Mission LentiPlex pooled human and murine shRNA libraries.

The Mission LentiPlex pooled shRNA libraries were developed from the entire RNAi Consortium-1 human and mouse collections of more than 158,000 shRNA constructs targeting approximately 16,000 human genes and approximately 16,000 mouse genes. Combining Sigma-Aldrich's high-throughput lentiviral production methodologies with the pooled library format enables researchers to perform genome-wide RNAi screens on various cell types.


NanoTherics this week announced the launch of its magnefect-nano system for gene transfection. The system uses a technique applying proprietary magnet configurations and oscillating array systems to promote particle/DNA uptake into cells.


Thermo Fisher Scientific announced this week that it will launch the Thermo Scientific Cellomics Comet v3.0 BioApplication at the Society of Toxicology annual meeting, to be held in Baltimore, Md., March 15-19. This new application uses a cell-based imaging approach for addressing the bottleneck of rapid and accurate DNA damage assessment based on the Comet assay.

The Comet BioApplication runs on the Thermo Scientific Cellomics ArrayScan VTI system, and provides automatic acquisition and quantification of Comet assays.

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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.