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Good Start VeriYou CF and SMA Test

Good Start Genetics has launched its VeriYou CR and SMA test, a saliva-based screening test for two of the most common inherited genetic disorders: cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy. Patients send saliva samples to the company's CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited laboratory, where the samples are screened for 591 genetic variants. While patients can submit the kits themselves, testing must be approved by a physician. Results are delivered securely and interactively online with educational information including the ability to address follow-up questions with physicians directly and to connect with genetic counselors, the company said. 

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.