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Affy s SARS Array Freely Available to Researchers via NIAID/TIGR Program

NEW YORK, June 23 - Affymetrix said today that its SARS coronavirus microarrays would be provided at no cost to qualifying researchers through the Pathogen Functional Genomics Resource Center, which is operated by the Institute for Genomic Research under a contract with the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.


The Affymetrix SARS array resequences the entire 29,700 base pairs in the SARS virus and was designed using sequence from public health centers in Canada, Asia, and the United States.


According to Affymetrix, researchers are expected to use the new array to categorize different isolates of the virus into subtypes or strains, compare patient outcomes among different pathogen subtypes, and study how the virus is evolving over time.


Any researcher, regardless of affiliation, can apply for the arrays and other reagents using an application available here.

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