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New Products: Dec 11, 2008

Japan’s Kazusa DNA Research Institute will soon offer vectors encoding Promega’s HaloTag with genetic content from KDRI’s catalog, the companies said this week.
The offering will initially encompass more than 1,900 KDRI ORF clones in Promega Flexi vector, and includes the coding sequence for HaloTag, a multifunctional protein tag that can be used for cellular imaging and protein purification and immobilization. Promega will soon launch protein arrays utilizing the HaloTag technology, [See PM 09/04/08].
The first vectors will be available at the beginning of 2009 through KDRI and will be distributed globally.
The KDRI content derives from large, typically difficult to clone human genes. There will also be a comprehensive catalog of human transcription factors commonly used for research and drug discovery.

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.