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Personal Genome Diagnostics RNAcomplete

Personal Genome Diagnostics has launched RNAcomplete, a new testing service that allows researchers to co-extract total RNA and genomic DNA from a single tissue sample. The testing service uses RNA-seq to analyze gene transcripts corresponding to more than 34,000 genes and 84,000 transcript isoforms. It has been optimized for maximum performance using FFPE tissue and employs a macrodissection process for improved sensitivity and specificity, 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.