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Affymetrix has released new versions of its GeneChip E. coli Genome 2.0 Array and Yeast Genome 2.0 Array, offering updated genomic content. The E. coli array contains three new strains of E. coli and probe sets to detect more than 20,000 transcripts. The array also detects transcripts involved in antibiotic resistance. The yeast array enables researchers to analyze the genomes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe on the same chip. The array contains over 10,000 transcripts, which is nearly twice the content available on the previous generation array.


Applied Biosystems has launched the 9800 Fast PCR System, which provides PCR results in a standard 96-well plate in approximately 25 minutes. The system includes the 9800 Fast Thermal Cycler, the GeneAmp Fast PCR Master Mix, and the 96-well Fast Thermal Cycling Plate. The company plans to unveil the system at the upcoming American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in Toronto. The introduction follows last week’s launch of ABI’s 7900HT Fast Real-Time PCR System.


Fuji Photo Film has launched the QuickGene 800 DNA/RNA isolation system. According to the firm, the tabletop system can deliver a DNA whole-blood sample in as little as six minutes.

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US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge is weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.