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BioArray Briefs: 2009.04.14


Golden Helix Hires Distributor for India

Golden Helix said this week that it has tapped Spinco Biotech to distribute its genetic-analysis software in India.

Under the exclusive agreement, Spinco will serve as Bozeman, Mont.-based Golden Helix's exclusive distributor, which will include providing sales, marketing, and first-level customer support for its analysis and visualization software and services.

Andy Ferrin, Golden Helix’s vice president of sales and marketing, said that the company struck the agreement with Spinco in response to "a continual increase in the volume of inquiries from leading Indian research organizations."

Ohio Hospital Named Agilent CSP for Assays

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital has been named a certified service provider for Agilent Technologies' array-based comparative genomic hybridization and gene expression assays.

Agilent said that the hospital had to complete training and pass a "rigorous series of assessments" including demonstrating proficiency in analyzing Agilent 60-mer oligo microarrays, maintaining sample quality control using the Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer, and analyzing data using the firm’s GeneSpring bioinformatics platform.

"The investigators working with us have been tremendously happy with the data we produce, which has led to rapidly growing demand for our Agilent gene expression and CGH services," Peter White, director of the biomedical genomics core at the Columbus, Ohio-based hospital, said in a statement. "We're committed to producing publication-quality data sets and so obtaining CSP status was the logical next step for us."

ArrayIt Teams with Parkinson's Institute

ArrayIt has started to collaborate with the Parkinson's Institute to discover biomarkers for Parkinson's disease, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based firm said last week.

The duo will conduct research on samples from Parkinson's disease patients using ArrayIt's new H25K microarray technology.

Further terms of the collaboration were not disclosed.

Precision Biomarker Resources Certified to Offer Affy MicroRNA Chips

Precision Biomarker Resources, an Evanston, Ill.-based contract research organization, has been certified to offer microRNA profiling using Affymetrix’s GeneChip miRNA arrays.

PBR provides RNA and microRNA profiling and data analysis services for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and academic researchers who use microarray methods for discovering biomarkers in their research.

PBR said it is the first Affy service provider to be certified to offer miRNA profiling.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.