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The DNA Chip Research Institute has introduced its HyperGene Rat cDNA Chip. The microarray was co-developed by Hitachi Software Engineering and has 500-1,000 PCR-amplified samples spotted on a standard 76x26 mm glass slide. Japan-based DNA Chip Research expects the product to generate sales of 50 million yen ($454,545) annually.


CXR Biosciences has launched an Investigative Toxicology service using transcriptional profiling. The service uses microarray scanning technology from Agilent in quantifying mRNA expression levels. CXR recently gained accreditation from Agilent to act as a certified “Agilent Service Provider.”


Tecan has introduced the LS Reloaded, a series of automation-friendly microarray scanners. The new series is based on the firm’s existing 200/300/400 systems and offers three-fold higher sensitivity.

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For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.