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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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

In PLOS this week: genotyping of indigenous North African goats, program to simulate evolve and resequencing studies, and more.