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Product Watch: Oct 27, 2011

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GE Healthcare this week launched the Illustra ExoStar kit for enzymatic PCR and sequencing clean-up.

The kit provides researchers with a cost-effective product for enzymatic removal of unincorporated primers and nucleotides from PCR and sequencing reactions, with no degradation of target PCR products, GE said. The kit contains two enzymes designed to work together, with one tube of exonuclease 1 at a concentration of 10 enzyme units per µL; and one tube of Illustra alkaline phosphatase at a concentration of one enzyme unit per µL.

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.