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Automated Cellular Imaging System (ACIS), ArrayVision


ChromaVision Medical Systems of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., has introduced an updated Automated Cellular Imaging System (ACIS) tissue microarray system with new features, including a flexible user interface, enhanced scoring, and enhanced multi-tasking. The array is designed to enable users to characterize multiple tissues on a single slide. The array complements its ACIS digital microscope for histological classification of cells, the company said.


Imaging Research, a St. Catharines, Ontario subsidiary of Amersham Biosciences, has announced the availability of Version 6.0 Rev. 3.0 of its ArrayVision image analysis software for gene expression and protein arrays. This version includes new normalization methods for microarray data from Cy3/Cy5 fluorescent dye arrays, as well as the capability to import and export data in an XML format. Additionally the revision includes enhanced artifact removal for background and is Windows XP-compatible. The company is making an evaluation version of the new software available for download at its website,


InforMax of Bethesda, Md., is holding a microarray data mining workshop at the Experimental Biology 2002 Conference in New Orleans April 20-24th from 3:30 - 4:30pm. To register for the workshop, go to about/exhibits/expbio2.html.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.