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BD Biosciences, Silicon Genetics, Cytoscape

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BD Biosciences has introduced its BD Cytometric Bead Array Flex Set system, an open and configurable bead-based immunoassay system for creating multiplex assays. The firm also announced the launch of its BD BioCoat Angiogenesis System: Endothelial Cell Invasion cell culture system for screening assays targeted at the endothelial cell invasion process.


Silicon Genetics has released GeneSpring 7 and Signet 5. Enhancements in GeneSpring 7 include new support vector machines, project-based organization, a new Genome Wizard for genome import and management, and a Java API. Signet 5 (formerly called GeNet) now includes a SOAP API, a native Java plug-in API, project-based navigation, and modifiable workspaces.


Version 2.0 of Cytoscape is available at http://www.cytoscape.org. Cytoscape visualizes molecular interaction networks and integrates those interactions with gene expression profiles and other data. New features include the ability to load and save networks in SIF and GML formats, a new open-source graph library, and a new programmer API. Cytoscape is jointly developed by researchers at the Pasteur Institute, the University of California, San Diego, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the Institute of Systems Biology.

The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.