Applied Biosystems announced the commercial availability of the Rat Genome Survey Microarray for use with its proprietary Expression Array System. The product is based on content from public sources and from sister-company Celera’s database. The array contains 26,857 probes for interrogation of 27,088 genes, the firm said, and includes more than 10,000 genes not covered by other commercial microarrays. In addition, the company introduced AmpFLSTR Yfiler, a PCR amplification kit, for the specific detection of male DNA.

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