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Sequencher 5.4

Gene Codes has released Sequencher 5.4, a new version of its next-generation sequence data analysis software. The release includes new RNA-seq analysis features such as a customized graphic interfaces for the Cufflinks software suite, a tool to generate html reports and provide 11 different metrics on users' raw NGS data, and access to SAMtools, among other updates. The company is offering version 5.4 as a free upgrade for clients that are enrolled in its maintenance program and 30-day free access for new users interested in testing the software.

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.