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CombiMatrix: Sep 30, 2008

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CombiMatrix this week launched two new array-based diagnostic tests through its CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics subsidiary in Irvine, Calif.
 
The first is an update of its Bac HD Scan Test. The previous version of this test was designed to identify up to 125 genetic syndromes and disorders that are the cause of developmental problems in children, including Down, Prader-Willi, and DiGeorge syndromes. The newly updated version of this test now identifies more than 220 specific genetic syndromes.
 

Once a genetic aberration has been identified, CombiMatrix offers Zoom-in arrays, custom chips of up to 12,000 oligonucleotide probes designed using its CustomArray B3 Synthesizer on its CustomArray 12K platform, to provide higher resolution in the areas of the identified aberrations.

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Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.