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EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute, NanoString Technologies, Febit, Prognosys Biosciences

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute said recently that its ArrayExpress database has doubled in size to contain transcriptomics data from 100,000 hybridizations.
The database now holds snapshots of gene-expression signatures for more than 180 species taken under thousands of experimental conditions. According to EMBL-EBI, the latest data increase reflects the mass import of data from the Gene Expression Omnibus database.

NanoString Technologies this week launched an early-access program for its nCounter Analysis System for digital gene expression. CalTech was its first customer.
The nCounter uses molecular barcodes and single-molecule imaging to detect and count hundreds of unique transcripts in a single reaction. According to NanoString, it is ideally suited for researchers with small amounts of starting material, customers who would like to study defined gene sets, and microarray users seeking to validate expression signatures.

Febit and Prognosys Biosciences this week officially launched their Genome-to-Array Service that enables users studying microbial organisms to go from biological genetic material to a working microarray experiment in weeks.
La Jolla, Calif.-based Prognosys Biosciences will sequence the DNA using an Illumina Genome Analyzer, while Febit will synthesize arrays using its Geniom microarray technology, the companies said.
Febit and Prognosys previously discussed the service with BioArray News in September (see BAN 9/25/2007).

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.