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Affymetrix this week introduced its long-awaited GeneChip autoloader accessory for its GeneChip Scanner 3000. The autoloader, promised for introduction in the fall, is a carousel that holds 48 microarrray cartridges for automatic loading and unloading into the company’s next-generation scanner. The autoloading feature, which attaches to the top of the scanner, is a labor-saving introduction that moves the company’s proprietary microarray analysis scheme closer to automation, and matches automation features already available on scanners made by Agilent Technologies and Axon Instruments. The autoloader has a temperature-controlled environment, and e-mail notification to designated users in the event of a system failure.

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LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.