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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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Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.