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ArrayBooster, Soochika, ArrayInformatics, Silicon Genetics


Instrumentation startup Advalytix of Munich is planning to release its automated sample handling station, the ArrayBooster, at the Euro biochips meeting in Berlin from June 25 to 29. The system, which can handle microarrays, simple tissue samples, and FiSH, is designed to handle “minimal sample volume,” down to 10 to 15 microliters, and has a mixing mechanism that “can reduce the incubation time quite drastically, according to Christoph Gauer, CEO of Advalytix. The company plans to market the system to both R&D departments working with precious samples, and people who are doing tissue sections with rare genes in the diagnostics arena.


Strand Genomics, of Bangalore, India, has launched Soochika version 1.0, a bioinformatics product that can be used for microarray vertical analysis. Soochicka (which means “needle” in Sanskrit) is designed to cull biologically relevant knowledge from masses of data just as a needle is found in a haystack, the company said. The software includes both proprietary and public algorithms, and can be used in different platforms. Strand’s scientists are currently building the software for clinical data analysis, protein structure analysis, ADME, sequence analysis, and mass spectrometry.

Separately, the company said it had appointed Charles Cantor, CSO of Sequenom, to its scientific advisory board.


PerkinElmer Life Sciences has re-introduced ArrayInformatics, the microarray analysis software that Packard debuted last fall just before being acquired by PerkinElmer. The software is now integrated with PerkinElmer array printing and scanning instruments.


Silicon Genetics is planning to hold workshops around the world in the next several months on statistics as well as its new products: On May 30 and 31, the company will be at the Nobel Forum in the Karolinska Institutet. August 9, the company will present at the the Cambridge Marriott Hotel in Cambridge, Mass.; September 2, there will be a presentation at the Shinhanky Hotel in Osaka, Japan; and Sepember 5, the company will be at the Keio-Plaza Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.

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Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.