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Silicon Genetics Licenses Database and Tools to PerkinElmer

NEW YORK, May 8 – Silicon Genetics said Tuesday it has licensed its GeNet web-enabled database to PerkinElmer Life Sciences for use in its Micromax microarray scanning service. 

GeNet will offer PerkinElmer customers the ability to perform graphical analysis on experimental data and annotated results from gene expression experiments. It also offers tools to correlate differently expressed genes in a researcher's experiments, overlay genes onto chromosome maps for localization, view the expression of one or more genes in multiple experiments and click on links to public databases containing information on genes of interest, according to Silicon Genetics.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"This placement of GeNet as a repository and delivery mechanism for a service business represents an expansion of the market for the product," Silicon Genetics CEO Andrew Conway said in a statement. "In addition to standing alone, GeNet is tightly integrated with our GeneSpring desktop visualization and analysis workbench. PerkinElmer's customers will find it easy to do further analysis of the data using GeneSpring. 

In April, Redwood City, Calif.-based Silicon Genetics licensed GeneSpring software to the Karolinska Institute of Sweden. In January, the company announced that GeneSpring software would be included in Gene Logic's GeneExpress database. 

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