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UPDATE: Lion Introduces ArrayScout 2.0

NEW YORK, Jan 24 – Lion Bioscience has released ArrayScout 2.0, an updated version of its gene expression data analysis system, and will begin shipping and installing it at customer sites immediately, the company said Wednesday.

This new version, the third commercial release of ArrayScout since Lion rolled out this software in Fall 1999, provides new clustering and visualization tools and an open application programming interface that enables users to integrate ArrayScout with their own analysis tools. These features augment the system’s capabilities for analyzing gene data from Affymetrix GeneChips and spotted arrays, the company said.

The new version also addresses problems with data quality common in microarray analysis, according to Christian Marcazzo, director of product marketing for Lion.

“We’ve done quite a bit of work in quality control and data normalization, Marcazzo said. “Our scientists have a fundamental problem that analysis of data is not very useful when the data is dirty, for example when hair gets on the chip or dust gets on the chip. Decisions need to be made as to whether some part of the chip needs to be thrown away.”

Lion is planning to introduce two other modules, PiScout for molecular interactions and PathScout for biological pathway analysis, in the coming months, Marcazzo said.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.