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Integrated DNA Technologies NGS Discovery Pools

Integrated DNA Technologies this week launched its NGS Discovery Pools, individually synthesized, 5'-biotinylated oligo pools designed to enable researchers to rapidly build custom panels at a fraction of the cost compared to conventional panels. According to the firm, the NGS Discovery Pools offer the quality of individual synthesis at a speed and scale needed for discovery in precision medicine. It also noted that the new pools will enable its customers to use its "high-quality capture technology for smaller projects and in earlier stages where content may still be changing, allowing for a smooth transition to Lockdown Probes as projects are scaled up and validated for clinical use." The firm's xGen Lockdown Probes are already commercially available for target capture in clinical sequencing applications.

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.