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Swift Biosciences Accel-NGS Methyl-Seq DNA Library Kit for Illumina platforms

Swift Biosciences this month launched the Accel-NGS Methyl-Seq DNA Library Kit for Illumina platforms. The new kit uses Adaptase technology, which enables next-generation sequencing libraries to be made post-bisulfite treatment, allowing researchers to recover more of their input DNA and use 100-fold less input material compared to other commercially available products, the company said. The new approach also avoids the high bias inherent in random primer-based methods as the underlying technology ligates adapters in a sequence-independent manner, Swift 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.