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BioMicro Systems, Cornell University


Salt Lake City, Utah-based BioMicro Systems last week introduced the MAUI (Micro Array User Interface) Mixer HT, a micro-volume hybridization chamber optimized for high-temperature microarray hybridization at temperatures of about 50° C to 65 ° C using the company’s technology. The company’s MAUI Mixers adhere to standard glass microarray slides to form sealed, ultra-low-volume hybridization chambers.

Researchers at Cornell University are developing a maize “plastid chip” microarray. The chip will contain sequences representing 60 chloroplast-encoded genes, approximately 75 mitochondrial genes, and up to 800 nuclear gene sequences that are predicted or known to encode plastid-localized proteins, or in a few cases, mitochondrial proteins. The arrays are expected to be ready by March, printed by Cornell’s Boyce Thompson Institute and will be available to the academic community at an estimated cost of $25 per slide.

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