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Thermo Fisher Scientific Oncomine Childhood Cancer Research Assay

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched the Oncomine Childhood Cancer Research Assay, a next-generation sequencing panel developed in collaboration with Children's Hospital Los Angeles that specifically targets mutations associated with pediatric and young adult cancers. The assay combines specific mutations, gene amplifications, and fusions over 203 genes representing multiple gene classes, and 1,700 fusion transcripts in two DNA and two RNA pools. The assay is designed to integrate with the Ion Chef system for automated library preparation and amplification, as well as the Ion GeneStudio S5 system and Ion Reporter for bioinformatics and reporting.

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.