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Agilent Technologies, BioDiscovery

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Agilent Technologies last week launched its Rice Oligo DNA microarray 44K RAP-DB, a new chip based on information compiled by the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences in Japan.
 
This new product enables researchers to characterize tens of thousands of rice genes associated with biological functions, growth processes, and stress responses, Agilent said.
 

 
BioDiscovery last week launched ImaGene 8.0 for microarray image analysis.
 
The software package includes an improved auto-segmentation algorithm that removes speckle noise, an improved auto-grid placement algorithm performing robust grid placement on even very dense and complex arrays, and improved quantification time for the largest arrays. It also supports multi-sample array images such as 4x44,000-feature arrays and generates separate output files for each field in the image to allow easier downstream analysis of individual samples, BioDiscovery said.
 
ImaGene 8.0 is designed for use in expression and comparative genomic hybridization applications. The package is available for the OS X, Linux, and Windows operating systems.

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