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Applied Biosystems, CLC Bio

Applied Biosystems announced plans to launch a range of new products for DNA forensics, including the AmpFLSTR MiniFiler PCR Amplification Kit for preparing degraded or limited DNA; the HID EVOlution System for automating DNA testing processes; and a new software application called VALID for laboratory validation.
ABI said that AmpFLSTR MiniFiler is “the first commercially available DNA testing kit that enables forensic DNA analysts to generate more useful information from degraded DNA as well as from samples that are limited by an impurity.” The kit should be available in March 2007.
HID EVOlution, developed in collaboration with Tecan, is designed to streamline casework sample workflow for human identification applications. It integrates Tecan’s Freedom EVO liquid-handling workstation with ABI’s 7500 Real-Time PCR System, 3130xl Genetic Analyzer, and AmpFLSTR DNA testing kits. HID EVOlution will also be available in March, ABI said.
The VALID software is designed to support, simplify, and standardize validation studies, while complying with government standards for forensic DNA lab operation. The company plans to launch VALID in early summer.

CLC Bio has released the CLC Bioinformatics Cell, an SIMD-based bioinformatics accelerator that plugs into the USB port of any desktop or laptop PC. According to the company, the CLC Bioinformatics Cell can accelerate the Smith-Waterman and ClustalW algorithms up to 110 times faster than a fast desktop PC.

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.