Bio-Aware of Chaumont-Gistoux, Belgium has launched BioArchitect, a new bioinformatics software for designing microarrays. The software allows users to configure common parameters such as the direction of the pumping, the number of pins, the slide or membrane orientation, the direction of arraying, and size of spots. It also shows a preview of the arrays with its graphical tool. Using this tool, researchers can highlight or color specific spots, as well as import and export microplates. The data is stored in an MS-Access 2000 database.
A demo of the software is available for downloading on the Bio-Aware website, www.bio-aware.com.
Genomic Solutions of Ann Arbor, Mich., has augmented its microarray portfolio with a new collection of GeneMap cytokine arrays for human, mouse, and rat genomes. The cDNA arrays include cDNA probes for chemokines, cytokines, and receptors.
Genomic Solutions also offers pre-printed rat genome, mouse genome, and human cancer arrays, as part of its all-in-one GeneTac automated biochip system.
Virtek Vision, of Waterloo, Ontario, has placed its Virtek ChipWriter Pro microarray spotter and Virtek ChipReader microarray scanner in chemical engineering departments at the University of California Los Angeles and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for use in microarray research.
UCLA professor James Liao will use both pieces of Virtek equipment in a course on microarray technology for industrial scientists, statisticians, engineers, chemists, and physicists.
At MIT, researchers working under professor Charles Cooney are using the Virtek ChipWriter and ChipReader to work on recombinant protein production. In professor Gregory Stephanopoulos’ lab, these instruments are being used to study genetic and metabolic changes in diseases such as diabetes, and metabolic processes in bacteria.