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Orion Genomics Will Use Agilent Gene Expression System

NEW YORK, July 1-Agilent said today that it will provide Orion Genomics with gene expression technology for use in studying plant improvement.


The deal includes Arabidopsis microarrays, a microarray scanner and a microfluidic bioanalyzer. Financial specifics were not revealed.


Orion plans to use these tools to mine its proprietary gene sets for commercially important genes.


Orion, based in St. Louis, Mo., was co-founded by Washington University School of Medicine geneticists Richard Wilson and John McPherson, among others.

The Scan

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'Poo-Bank' Proposal

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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.