“Obviously, you can fight this to the death, or you can agree to settle it.”
— Nanogen CFO Gerard Wills on the Nanogen/Motorola settlement over electricity-based DNA detection technology, in which Nanogen agreed to pay $5 million.
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Proteins à Paris
Oxford Glycosciences and Hybrigenics have entered into a collaboration to study OGS’ protein drug targets. Hybrigenics will use modified yeast two-hybrid and similar cellular screening technologies to attempt to validate OGS’ proteins as involved in disease-related pathways.
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So Long, Farewell
GenomicFX, an animal genomics company based in Austin, Texas, will close its doors in August, GenomeWeb learned. GenomicFX originally said it would create animal blood tests to help livestock breeders select animals as well as develop an identification tool to verify breed or origin.
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Compaq and Edinburgh Biocomputing Systems said they had successfully achieved one billion comparisons per second running the Smith-Waterman algorithm on a single 1 GHz Alpha processor using EBS’ MPSRCH sequence analysis software. Compaq will begin shipping the 1 GHz Alphas in the fall.
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While Celera Genomics and ABI focus on drug discovery and tools, Celera Diagnostics will begin building an industrial-scale genotyping facility in Alameda, Calif., to identify gene and protein markers for disease. It has not yet decided which specific disease to target, but it hopes to break into molecular, protein chemistry, and immunochemistry diagnostics.
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Bracing for a Boycott
Michael Eisen, ringleader of a looming 25,000-scientist boycott of the scientific journals, compared the current publishing process to a midwife who delivers a baby and then charges its parents to visit it.
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Back to School
BioInform publishes a comprehensive list of US universities offering bioinformatics BS, MS, and PhD programs with data on graduate job placement and administrators’ contact information.
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Need to order your own custom-designed oligonucleotide array at 3 a.m.? Now Affymetrix customers can do just that, with a new CustomExpress program and the company’s NetAffx website. Turnaround time for these made-to-order arrays, which cost $250 each in addition to a design fee, is currently four weeks. “We don’t think people expected they could do this with photolithography,” says Affymetrix president Sue Seigel.
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