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Affymetrix, Covance, Expression Analysis, US Food and Drug Administration


Affymetrix last week released its GeneChip Blood RNA Concentration Kit. The kit is intended for use with methods that isolate RNA from unfractionated human whole blood only, such as the PAXgene Blood RNA System from PreAnalytiX.

The Blood RNA Concentration Kit provides reagents to concentrate purified blood RNA to a volume suitable for target preparation

Covance and Expression Analysis last week co-launched a genomics testing service for pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms. Expression Analysis will now provide Covance's Central Laboratory Services unit with the tools to conduct genomic microarray testing as part of their offered clinical trial services.

The offering comes a week after the US Food and Drug Administration released a pharmacogenomics guidance that indicates that genomic data submission may be become a regular component in the drug-discovery process.


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