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Affymetrix Gets NIAID Grant to develop Biodefense Microarray

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 (GenomeWeb News) - Affymetrix said today that it will develop a microarray for detection of bacterial and viral biological threats, such as anthrax and plague, based on a $2.1 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

 

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm expects to have a GeneChip prototype array available in three months, and a multi-pathogen array commercially available in three years. Affymetrix said the resequencing technology that will be used in the array will be identical to that used in its SARS and smallpox virus arrays developed earlier this year.

The Scan

Researchers Develop Polygenic Risk Scores for Dozens of Disease-Related Exposures

With genetic data from two large population cohorts and summary statistics from prior genome-wide association studies, researchers came up with 27 exposure polygenic risk scores in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

US Survey Data Suggests Ancestry Testing Leads Way in Awareness, Use of Genetic Testing Awareness

Although roughly three-quarters of surveyed individuals in a Genetics in Medicine study reported awareness of genetic testing, use of such tests was lower and varied with income, ancestry, and disease history.

Coral Genome Leads to Alternative Amino Acid Pathway Found in Other Non-Model Animals

An alternative cysteine biosynthesis pathway unearthed in the Acropora loripes genome subsequently turned up in sequences from non-mammalian, -nematode, or -arthropod animals, researchers report in Science Advances.

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.