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Genetic Association Information Network to Use Affy's SNP 6.0 Arrays
 
The Genetic Association Information Network, a public and private partnership, will use Affymetrix's Genome-Wide Human SNP Array 6.0 in genomic studies of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Affy said last week.
 
GAIN is run by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, the National Institutes of Health, and Pfizer Global Research and Development.
 
Affy said GAIN scientists will use the Human SNP 6.0 to analyze eight thousand samples from various ethnicities.
 
The company also said the GAIN program will provide information it collects to researchers worldwide through the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s database of Genotype and Phenotype, or dbGap.
 
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.
 

 
Ocimum Biosolutions Joins Microsoft's BioIT Alliance
 
Ocimum Biosolutions last week said that it has joined the BioIT Alliance, a group of biotech and IT companies working with Microsoft to advance biomedical information technology.
 
“We look forward to working with other Alliance partners for coming up with cutting edge integrated informatics solutions for enabling quality R&D,” said Ocimum Biosolutions President Subash Lingareddy.
 
Hyderabad, India-based Ocimum offers a variety of products and services, including microarrays and array-related bioinformatics tools. Other BioIT Alliance members include Applied Biosystems, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Affymetrix, Agilent, and other biomedical informatics, tools, and services companies.
 

 
DNAStar Joins Affymetrix GeneChip Program
 
DNAStar last week said that its ArrayStar microarray data-analysis software has become compatible with Affymetrix’ Gene Chip microarray platform.
 
The company now becomes a member of the Affymetrix GeneChip-compatible Applications Program.
 
DNAStar said the companies will now be able to promote each other’s products through website, training, and promotion channels.

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.