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TATAA Biocenter Alu Assays

TATAA Biocenter is now offering ultra-sensitive qPCR assays targeting human-specific Alu repeats, which comprise about 10 percent of the human genome. The assays are available for different target lengths, which makes it possible to characterize the integrity of gDNA. The ration measured with TATAA ALU-60, which amplifies 60-bp targets, to TATAA ALU-187, which amplifies 187-bp targets, assesses the level and fraction of cell-free DNA in liquid biopsy samples. The assays can detect even miniscule amounts of human genomic DNA contamination, and contaminated reagents can be cleaned with the Heat/Run gDNA removal kit. The ALU quality control panel was in part developed for the CANCER-ID consortium, TATAA 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.