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Fluidigm, Schott, National Cancer Institute Center for Bioinformatics


Fluidigm this week launched its EP1 system for high-throughput SNP genotyping and digital PCR.
Using Fluidigm’s dynamic arrays, the system can provide up to 9,216 data points per IFC chip with results in just four hours. The system includes the firm’s IFC Controller, Stand Alone Thermal Cycler and End Point Reader, and can provides over 27,000 genotypes a day.
The EP1 system can also perform digital PCR, such as for copy number variation analysis, Fluidigm said. The company claimed that EP1 system can distinguish between four and five copies and provide results in a few hours while reducing hands-on time.

Schott recently launched its Nexterion Slide AStar. The three-dimensional, aminosilane-coated microarray surface is targeted towards users printing cDNA and oligonucleotides and is available on single slide or multi-well formats, the company said.

The National Cancer Institute Center for Bioinformatics has released version 1.1 of the Life Sciences Distribution, or LSD, for the Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid.
This set of tools supports various aspects of research, from tracking and managing biospecimens to analyzing and integrating microarray data. The bundle includes: 
  • geWorkbench version 1.6: A platform for genomic data analysis, visualization and annotation of microarray-based gene expression and sequence data, available here.
  • Life Science Distribution Browser, LSDB, version 1.0: A web-based search tool for keyword searches on local or remote grid-enabled LSD services. This first release of LSDB supports searching across the National Cancer Imaging Archive and caArray, available here.
  • caArray version 2.1.1: This version of NCI’s array data management software, which connects with other tools such as geWorkbench is available here.
  • caGWAS version 1.0.1: A version of the NCI’s caIntegrator platform that supports Genome Wide Association Studies such as the Cancer Genetic Models of Susceptibility (CGEMS) data, available here.
  • caTissue Core version 1.2.2: A caGrid-enabled version of the caTissue Core application, available here.
According to a caBIG statement, each tool has a graphical user interface and each of the data management tools has a Java-based API, and a caGrid compatible Grid Service to allow programmatic access to data.
All of the applications are open source and components of this bundle can be downloaded here.  

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