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Gel Co., Axaron Bioscience, Spotfire


Gel Co. of San Francisco last week announced the ArrayBooster, a low-volume hybridization station for DNA and protein microarrays. The system is compatible with slide-based microarrays and has an active agitation feature based on surface acoustic waves. The product uses Advacards, a micro-agitation card with integrated pumps that cover the array and minimize the required sample volume. The company says the product will reduce incubation times and increase the specificity of hybridization and is suitable for the detection of low-expression genes. The product holds four incubation chambers that are controlled by one personal computer.


Axaron Bioscience launched Axaminer, a research and development service for drug discovery. Axaminer enables gene expression profiling at a cellular level and allows a detailed analysis of isolated cells. The Axaminer technology comprises four integrated modules: specific cell labeling; automated cell isolation using laser microdissection technology; isolation and amplification of picogram amounts of RNA; and transcription profiling.


Spotfire has released a new version of DecisionSite, with Analysis Builder, a tool for visual and interactive data analysis, and Poster, a collaboration tool.


The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.