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CombiMatrix, Synamatix

CombiMatrix said this week that it has updated its Influenza-Detection System, to include 2,000 new sequences recently released by the Influenza Genome Sequencing Project.
Version 4.1 of the system consists of its Influenza A Microarray, ElectraSense reader, and sample-preparation kit. CMBX has sold the system since 2005.

Malaysian bioinformatics firm Synamatix this week launched SXOligosearch, a software tool that allows users of high-throughput applications to process, analyze, and integrate data from both microarrays and next-generation sequencers.
SXOligosearch is designed to map short sequences such as reads from the Illumina Genome Analyzer or oligonucleotide microarray probes, the company said. It is also able to handle low-quality reads containing any number of mismatches, insertions, or deletions with high accuracy.

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.