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PentaBase, Funakoshi Ink Distribution Deal for Japan

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Danish reagents firm PentaBase today said it has appointed Funakoshi to distribute its products in Japan on a non-exclusive basis.

PentaBase's products are based on a DNA analogue technology called pentabases and include probes for real-time PCR and primers for next-generation sequencing and PCR.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Last month, Funakoshi forged a distribution deal covering products from Claremont BioSolutions.

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.