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Hitachi Announces Human Oligo Microarray

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Hitachi Software Engineering and DNA Chip Research of Yokohoma, Japan, announced this week that they had developed a human oligo microarray carrying 30,000 genes.

The chip will be priced at ¥59,800 ($480). Hitachi, also developing mouse and rat arrays, is hoping to reach ¥2 billion ($16 million) annual sales from its DNA chip business in three years, the company said in a statement.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.