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Kapa Biosystems Discloses Customers for DNA Polymerase Platform

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Kapa Biosystems said today that several biotech companies and research centers are using its Kapa2G Fast HotStart DNA Polymerase platform for genomic resequencing and SNP detection studies.

The company said the Kapa2G has been adopted by Agencourt Bioscience, Ceres, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the National Institutes of Health's Intramural Sequencing Center.

The company said the molecular evolution platform is aimed at researchers using high-throughput Fast PCR, and that it is capable of synthesizing DNA with a one second per kilobase extension time without an impact on performance.

Financial terms of the agreements were not released.

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.