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Applied Biosystems, ArrayExpress, Ensembl

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Applied Biosystems has launched its 7900HT Fast Real-Time PCR System offered in a traditional 96-well format. The firm said that the system reduces real-time PCR thermal cycling times up to four-fold compared to standard real-time PCR systems. The platform is capable of providing PCR results in approximately 35 minutes, compared to roughly two hours on existing 96-well format real-time PCR systems, according to ABI.


EBI’s ArrayExpress team has released Tab2MAGE 1.0, a spreadsheet-parsing and MAGE-ML generation tool, at http://tab2mage.sourceforge.net/. Tab2MAGE currently includes two tools: the tab2mage.pl script, and a file-checking script, expt_check.pl. With these scripts, users can perform an initial data file validation against an array design, and then generate MAGE-ML using these data files alongside a separate spreadsheet providing MIAME-compliant sample annotation.


Ensembl release 25 is now available at http://www.ensembl.org. There are no new assemblies in the release.

The Scan

Support for Moderna Booster

An FDA advisory committee supports authorizing a booster for Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, CNN reports.

Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more