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Applied Biosystems, Affymetrix, ParAllele BioScience

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Applied Biosystems this week launched the Mouse Genome Survey microarray for use with its new Expression Array System. The microarray contains probes to 32,000 mouse genes from public and Celera databases. Pricing details were not disclosed.


Affymetrix and ParAllele BioScience last week announced a non-exclusive distribution and marketing agreement. The two companies are now offering early technology access to ParAllele’s MegAllele genotyping reagents for use with Affymetrix GeneChip arrays, enable researchers to perform large-scale genotyping in their own labs with their own panels of SNPs.

The products will be formally launched in July. Assay design for the products will be customized and comprehensive, enabling larger numbers of successful genotyped SNPs, the companies said. MegAllele products include genotyping reagent kits and software specifically designed for use with Affymetrix GeneChip Tag Arrays and instrumentation systems. The initial offering includes custom panels of 3,000 to 5,000 SNPs and standard panels of up to 10,000 pre-selected SNPs. Under the terms of the agreement, which follows a year-long research and development collaboration, ParAllele will design assays and manufacture reagent kits and genotyping 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.