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Canon BioMedical Genotyping Assays

Canon BioMedical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon USA, has launched a line of genotyping assays to detect SNPs, small insertions, and deletions in the human genome. Called Novalelle, the research-use-only assays are designed for rapid PCR followed by high-resolution melt analysis. At launch the firm will market 103 pre-designed assays as well as an "open" chemistry for researchers to customize, as reported by GenomeWeb.

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.