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Rheonix NGS OnePrep

Rheonix has launched the NGS OnePrep solution, an integrated and automated method for DNA extraction and next-generation sequencing library preparation on the Encompass Optimum workstation. Users can now product sequence-ready libraries for up to 24 samples in 4.5 hours. The method is currently compatible with the Illumina Nextera DNA Flex Library Prep Kit but Rheonix plans to add other Illumina prep kits, as well as those from other manufacturers such as the Takara Bio Smarter ThruPlex, in the near future. Initially, the solution is compatible with buccal swab samples, saliva, fresh frozen tissue, whole blood, and bacterial isolates. Rheonix plans to include FFPE tissue and circulating cell-free DNA in coming months.

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.