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SynaWorks, Palm PCR

Synamatix of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has launched SynaWorks, a suite of bioinformatics applications tailored to manage and use data generated from a variety of next-generation sequencers. The program contains applications to process, analyze, mine, assemble, and visualize data from experiments such as whole-genome resequencing, transcriptome sequencing, ChIP-seq and de novo genome sequencing. It can handle a variety of data types generated on Roche’s 454 Genome Sequencer FLX, Illumina's Genome Analyzer, and Applied Biosystems’ SOLiD system.

Ahram Biosystems of Seoul said last week that it has completed the development of Palm PCR, a palm-size portable thermocycler. The battery-powered instrument can PCR-amplify products in as little as 15 minutes, according to the company.

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.