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LabCorp to Use Affy Genotyping Tools for Cytogenetic Services

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Laboratory Corporation of America will use Affymetrix’s genotyping tools in a molecular cytogenetic service it will offer to US researchers, Affy said today.
 
Under the agreement, LabCorp will use Affy’s GeneChip technology in an offering that its customers can use to “correlate deletions, gains and other chromosomal rearrangements with congenital diseases such as autism, mental retardation and development delay in children,” the company said.
 
Using the GeneChip will allow LabCorp to offer researchers enhanced “resolution for the detection of the etiology of mental retardation, developmental delay, autism and other clinically significant changes,” LabCorp Executive VP, CSO, and Medical Director Myla Lai-Goldman, said in a statement.
 
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.