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GoldenHelix's VarSeq

Golden Helix has released  VarSeq 1.1.1, the latest version of its software for annotating and filtering variants obtained from NGS pipelines.

This version of the software includes a phenotype gene ranking application called PhoRank, a phenotype driven variant ontological re-ranking tool that is modeled on the Phevor algorithm. It calculates gene scores that can be used to rank and filter variants and it prioritizes variants based on the gene's relevance to the observed phenotype.

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.