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Biocept CEE-Sure Blood Collection Tubes

Biocept has launched its CEE-Sure blood collection tubes for research use only. Under a previously-announced distribution agreement, the tubes are being internationally distributed through VWR, a leading global provider of product and service solutions to laboratory and production customers. Specimen types that can be transported include blood, cerebrospinal fluid, sputum, and fluid obtained from pleural effusion. The tubes employ a patented media that inhibits cell clumping, preventing clogging of microfluidics devices used in circulating tumor cell analyses. They can also preserve high-quality circulating cfDNA for advanced molecular testing applications like non-invasive prenatal testing and detection of gene mutations in cancer. 

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.