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Allen McClay, Tony Galindo, Stratagene, Illumina


People in the News

Allen McClay, chairman and founder of Almac Sciences, was knighted for his services to both business and charity, Almac Diagnostics said last week.

McClay founded Galen Ltd, which became Galen Holdings Plc. When he retired from Galen Holdings in 2001, he invested approximately £240 million ($423 million) to establish Almac Sciences.

McClay has donated almost £20 million through the McClay Trust for research at Queen's University Belfast.

Tony Galindo joined SciGene as director of product manufacturing, SciGene said last week.

Galindo comes to SciGene after nearly 20 years at Agilent, formerly Hewlett-Packard, where he held various senior manufacturing management positions within the Life Sciences and Chemical Analysis Group.


New Product Watch

Stratagene said last week that its ArrayAssist Exon and ArrayAssist Expression software is now available for Mac OS X 10.4.

Stratagene said that the new ArrayAssist line of software products enables scientists to analyze Affymetrix GeneChip Exon Arrays as well as data from other microarray platforms.

Both packages are fully integrated with Stratagene's PathwayArchitect pathway analysis software, the company said. In addition to Mac OS X, the ArrayAssist Expression and ArrayAssist Exon software are both compatible with Windows and Linux.

Illumina has begun shipping its Sentrix HumanHap300 Genotyping BeadChips for genome-wide disease association studies.

The platform uses Illumina's Infinium assay method to analyze over 317,000 high-value SNP loci per sample, according to the company. Content is mostly derived from tagSNPs identified and validated in the International HapMap Project, Illumina said.

The Scan

Suicidal Ideation-Linked Loci Identified Using Million Veteran Program Data

Researchers in PLOS Genetics identify risk variants within and across ancestry groups with a genome-wide association study involving veterans with or without a history of suicidal ideation.

Algorithm Teases Out Genetic Ancestry in Individuals at Biobank Scale

Researchers develop an algorithm known as Rye to tease apart ancestry fractions in admixed individuals at a biobank-scale, applying it to 488,221 UK Biobank participants in Nucleic Acids Research.

Multi-Ancestry Analysis Highlights Comparable Common Variants at Complex Trait-Linked Loci

Researchers in Nature Genetics examine common variants implicated in more than three dozen conditions, estimating genetic effect similarities across ancestry tracts in admixed individuals.

Sick Newborns Selected for WGS With Automated Pipeline

Researchers successfully prioritized infants with potential Mendelian conditions for whole-genome sequencing or rapid whole-genome sequencing, as they report in Genome Medicine.