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Mawi DNA Technologies ISWAB-Microbiome

Mawi DNA Technologies has launched the iSWAB-Microbiome, a biosampling tool designed to collect and stabilize microbial content and diversity within gut, rectal, vaginal, skin, oral, or soil samples for processing. The tool was developed to produce an accurate representation of the microbiota composition without loss of any taxa from the point of collection to processing, to provide researchers with the ability to analyze microbiome with minimal host gDNA contamination, and to enable analysis of the microbiome DNA and RNA from the same sample, 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.