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GenBank release 185.0 is available here via FTP from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. It contains data as of Aug. 14, 2011. The new release comprises approximately 131 gigabases of data from 142 million entries of non-whole genome sequencing, non-CON sequences and around 208 gigabases from 65 million entries from whole-genome sequences. Uncompressed, the release 185.0 flatfiles require around 511 gigabases. Since the previous release in June, the non-WGS/non-CON portion grew by 1.5 gigabases, increasing the number of entries by 1.8 million. An additional 970,764 records were updated.

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.