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SoftGenetics MaSTR Probabilistic Mixture Analysis Software

SoftGenetics has released a new probabalistic mixture analysis software product called MaSTR. Designed according to probabalistic guidelines set by the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science and the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods, MaSTR is meant to provide transparency to help forensic professionals better describe DNA findings in courtrooms. State College, Pennsylvania-based SoftGenetics said that it is making the MaSTR analysis code available to users on a confidential basis only.

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.