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Clarification: Aug 6, 2003


CLARIFICATION — Applied Biosystems is not beta-testing its Expression Array system with Immune Tolerance Networks, a collaborative research effort headquartered at the University of California, San Francisco, the company said last week. The gene expression work Mike Hunkapiller, president of ABI, mentioned during Applera’s fourth-quarter conference call with analysts in regard to Immune Tolerance Network, is the company’s traditional gene-expression analysis conducted with its Taqman chemistry and primers, and Realtime PCR, a company spokeswoman told BioArray News. The company, which declined comment and details on its promised microarray platform, is not releasing the names of beta testers of its microarray platform and will not have any further comment on the platform until it is rolled out, the spokeswoman said.


CLARIFICATION — In last week’s report, the mention of Affymetrix Research Lab prototype array capable of handling over 60 million fragments of DNA [Affymetrix annual report, page 14] describes a whole-wafer product, rather than a single chip cut from a wafer, an Affymetrix spokesman told BioArray News.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.