Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

CLC Bio Supplies Software to S. American 'Biodiversity' Database

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — A South American effort to create a database of sequence data from the continent’s “vast biodiversity” will use CLC Bio’s software, data analysis tools, training, and other services, the company said today.
Under a commercial agreement, the Genomic Heritage and Local Wisdom project, or PGSL, will include universities and government agencies from all over South America to harvest and preserve genomic data from “ancient and traditional therapeutic healthcare substances,” the company said.
The PGSL also hopes to minimize "bio-piracy” or the problem of “non-native scientists harvesting and using genetic materials from South America for copyrighted products.”
At a recent meeting of many member agencies, CLC Bio vice president Jan Lomholdt said it is “vital to gain a deeper understanding of the unique species in Amazonia, Patagonia, and the Galápagos Islands,” among other regions.
He added that increasing knowledge of South American biodiversity is essential to “help increase the overall level of understanding of genetics and bioinformatics.”
Terms of the alliance were not disclosed.

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.