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Asuragen Armored RNA Quant Zika Virus Control

Asuragen has launched its custom Armored RNA Quant Zika Virus target, which can be used to develop molecular assays. The company's Armored RNA Quant technology is the gold standard for reliable and traceable standards to develop molecular assays for virus quantitation, the company said. Developed in collaboration with Jan Felix Drexler, professor at the University of Bonn Medical Center and the German Center for Infection Research, the control is a multi-gene target designed using seven genes from the Zika Brazilian reference sequence KU321639.

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.