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Orion GenRead Test for C. Difficile Infection

Orion Diagnostica has launched the GenRead test for detecting Clostridium difficile infection in stool samples. It is now available in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The solution is based on Orion's proprietary isothermal nucleic acid amplification technology, Strand Invasion Based Amplification. The system is targeted to the toxin B-producing gene tcdB and it is highly specific and sensitive. The results are available in less than one hour but high positive samples can be called positive in 15 minutes.

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.