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Almac Diagnostics, Invitrogen, University of Lund

Almac Diagnostics this week launched its Ovarian Disease-Specific Array, a research tool for ovarian cancer studies. The chip includes disease-specific information and is optimized for use with formalin- fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue, Almac said.
According to Almac, the Ovarian DSA contains probe sets representing mitochondrial transcripts, antisense transcripts, alternatively polyadenylated transcripts, and novel transcripts. It offers researchers the ability to reveal the mechanisms and pathways underlying ovarian cancer and to classify and sub-classify the disease and develop diagnostic, prognostic, and predictive signatures, the firm said.   

Invitrogen last week released its ProtoArray Human Protein Microarray Version 4.1.
The latest version of ProtoArray includes over 8,000 proteins, as well as new features including a positional mapping agent for radiolabeled, small-molecule profiling; positive controls for ubiquitination and sumoylation studies; control content for optimized data normalization algorithms for biomarker discovery; and human IgA and anti-human IgA gradients to allow for IgA serum antibody profiling.
Invitrogen also launched its ProtoArray Prospector v5.1 software, which now includes optimized report output and data normalization; new algorithms for analysis of small-molecule profiling data, and an auto-update feature, the company said.

Sweden's University of Lund has released BASE (BioArray Software Environment) 2.8, a free database for microarray data, here.
New features include several batch import/update plug-ins that allow users to import data more easily than prior versions of the software.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.