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Hardy Diagnostics Autof MS 1000 MALDI-TOF Instrument

Hardy Diagnostics, in collaboration with Autobio, has launched the Autof MS 1000 matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionized time of flight (MALDI-TOF) instrument. The Autof MS 1000 provides high-speed identification and taxonomical classification of bacteria, yeasts, and filamentous fungi based on proteomic fingerprinting, with a database of approximately 5,000 species of microorganisms. The instrument is currently for research use only and will be available in markets that do not require US Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance, Hardy 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.