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Apogent Discoveries of Hudson, NH, is introducing MicroSpot C ceramic pins for printing microarrays. The pins are designed for use with the company’s MicroGrid arrayer. The product will produce more spots per source visit and requires no pre-blotting. It can be used for printing proteins, amino acids, peptides, oligos, and nucleic acids. Apogent says the chemically inert pins have been tested with up to 1 million hits against a glass slide without deformation or changes to the morphology of the spots.

 

Silicon Genetics has released GeneSpring 5.1 and GeNet 3.1. Among other new features, the company’s GeneSpring gene expression analysis software now includes a visual scripted editor and creation tool that allows users to automate a series of analytical tasks using a set of drag-and-drop icons.

The GeNet enterprise-scale gene expression data analysis and management system now offers a sample loader to automate database population, as well as a remote computation feature so users can offload computationally intensive tasks from the central GeNet server. In addition, the new release includes a DVD containing curated information on over 6,300 samples aggrega- ted from several public domain gene expression databases.

The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.