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Agilent Technologies, BioDiscovery

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.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.