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SOLiD Software Analysis Tools, GenomeQuest 5.0, Metagenomic DNA Isolation Kit

Applied Biosystems has made new, internally developed software analysis tools for its SOLiD system available to researchers. They include a whole-genome color space alignment and read annotation tool; a tool for converting native SOLiD data into the Short Read Format for NCBI submission; a tool for consolidating reference-aligned SOLiD data into the General Feature Format; and an analysis pipeline for aligning small RNA sequence data to the human genome that includes tag counting features. Registered users can download the software here.

GenomeQuest has released GenomeQuest 5.0, a new edition of its high-throughput sequence search, analysis, and data management platform. New features include a new annotation layout, new ways of grouping and saving information, improved reporting, advanced syntax for keyword searching, and a Vector NTI connection.

Epicentre has launched a Metagenomic DNA Isolation kit for water to extract DNA for metagenomic library production. The kit isolates DNA from culturable and unculturable microbes in water samples, including gram-positive bacteria. The isolated DNA can be used immediately for end-repair and cloning into a vector.

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.