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Natera Constellation Update

Natera has launched an update to Constellation, its cloud-based software platform. The update includes the addition of microdeletion testing capability, which allows researchers to test for chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus. This testing includes the company's Panorama prenatal test which can screen for a number of chromosomal abnormalities in a developing fetus, including 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

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.