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Zymo Quick-cfRNA Serum and Plasma Kit

Zymo Research has launched the Quick-cfRNA Serum and Plasma kit. The kit uses the company's Zymo-Spin technology to purify cell-free RNA from up to one ml of plasma, serum, or other biological fluids. The kit produces isolated RNA immediately ready for sensitive downstream applications including RT-qPCR and next-generation sequencing. It can also be used for biomarker discovery and advanced liquid biopsy research, the company 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.