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SOLiD Small RNA Expression Kit, Lasergene v8.0

Applied Biosystems has released a SOLiD small RNA expression kit, a barcoding kit for multiplexing small RNA expression analysis on the SOLiD system. The technology, which is currently available to a limited number of customers through an early-access program, enables researchers to analyze up to 256 samples per run.

DNAStar has released Lasergene v8.0, a new version of its sequence analysis software. The new version has an improved primer design capability and new SNP discovery and reporting features that allow users to analyze and manage SNPs obtained from Sanger, 454, and Illumina sequencing platforms. Other new features simplify secondary protein structural analysis, expand primer walking capabilities, and simplify exports to the GenVision data visualization software. The software is compatible with DNAStar’s new next-generation sequence assembly tool, SeqMan NGen. Lasergene v8.0 works with Windows XP and Windows Vista, as well as Mac OS 10.4 and 10.5.

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.