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Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion Torrent Oncomine Myeloid Research Assay

Thermo Fisher Scientific has introduced the Ion Torrent Oncomine Myeloid Research Assay, a targeted next-generation sequencing research panel for simultaneous analysis of 74 relevant genes. The panel is designed to interrogate DNA mutations, RNA fusion transcripts, and gene expression levels associated with myeloid cancers in a single run yielding results in two to three days. The Ion Chef System is used for library preparation, reducing total hands-on time to under 45 minutes. In addition, access to the Oncomine Knowledge Reporter will allow users to link variants to relevant labels, guidelines, and global clinical trials. The assay is also fully compatible with the Ion PGM and Ion S5 systems, Thermo Fisher 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.