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Promega Maxwell Modular Automated Nucleic Acid Prep System

Promega has launched a modular automated liquid-handling and purification system for its Maxwell nucleic acid preparation platform. The configurable system works with existing Promega Maxwell RSC instruments with a software upgrade. The Promega Portal Software allows the new and existing Maxwell RSC and Maxprep instruments to work together to transfer sample tracking information. Data can also be imported into a laboratory information management system. The Maxwell RSC 48 and Maxprep Liquid Handler are supplied with preprogrammed methods that allow the system to be used by anyone in the lab regardless of prior instrumentation experience, Promega 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.