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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

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."

From FDA to Venture Capital

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post.

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.