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US Army Purchases HTS Flexchip System

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (GenomeWeb News) - The US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases has purchased HTS Biosystems' Flexchip Kinetic Analysis System and related Affinity Chips, HTS said today.


USAMRIID will use the array platform in its research into responding to bioterrorism threats, according to HTS. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


The Flexchip system is a surface plasmon resonance array platform, which was previously sold by Applied Biosystems as the 8500 Affinity Chip Analyzer. HTS took over marketing of the platform last week, after ABI decided it didn't fit with their business strategy going forward.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.