Affymetrix recently announced that t would make eight new GeneChip arrays available in 2005 through its Consortia Program, which the firm launched a year ago at the International Plant and Animal Genome Conference. The arrays will cover canine, Rhesus macaque, legume, Brassica, tomato, citrus, poplar, and sugar cane. Last year, Affymetrix launched grape, soybean, wheat, rice, maize, cow, chicken, and pig arrays as part of the program’s initial offerings.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.