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German Infectious Disease Center Buys 454 GS20 for Viral Genome Studies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Roche has sold a 454 Life Sciences Genome Sequencer 20 to a German animal-research institute, Roche said today.
The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, situated on Riems Island, has installed the sequencer, which it will use to identify viruses and for other “research purposes.”
Financial terms of the agreement 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.