Affymetrix this week said that the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared its Gene Profiling Reagents as accessories to its GeneChip microarray instrument system for in vitro diagnostic use.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based life science tools vendor now claims to be the "first in the industry" to offer array-based tools for diagnostic test development, signature discovery for companion diagnostics, and translational initiatives.

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In Science this week: swapping yeast genes with human orthologs to study conservation of function, and more.

Hong Kong is using DNA phenotyping to shame litterers.

A study appearing in Cell suggests some metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer patients could benefit from PARP inhibitor therapy.

NIH's Francis Collins writes that scientific advances are poised to help populations all over the world, but more scientists are needed to keep the momentum.