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Horiba Biotechnology, Toyama University, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Gene-IT, MiraiBio, National Institutes of Health

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Japanese firm Horiba Biotechnology has developed a DNA biosensor using a charge-coupled device. The firm collaborated with Toyama University and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in developing the biosensor. Horiba said it would seek to commercialize the biosensor for gene-detection and gene-expression applications.


Gene-IT launched its GenomeQuest GeneRef Max data source of more than 266,000 transcripts from six major public data sources, including RefSeq, H-InvDB, UniGene, GenBank Primate, GenBank HTC, and Ensembl. The transcripts are cross-referenced with microarray probe sets and more than 9.6 million genetic sequences found in patent literature. GeneRef Max is delivered via the firm’s GenomeCast genomic content broadcast network.


MiraiBio launched its MasterPlex CT control and data collection software for the Luminex 100 multiplex assay detection system. The software will be available on Dec. 29.


The National Institutes of Health will hold a seminar on Dec. 8 on using Affymetrix GeneChip technology for genotyping applications. The seminar runs from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST in the Lipsett Auditorium of NIH’s Bethesda Building 10. Carsten Rosenow, senior scientist of Affymetrix genomics collaborations, will conduct the seminar.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.