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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

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.