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Illumina has begun shipping its new Oligator mouse genome oligo set for spotted gene expression arrays. The Mouse Exonic-Evidence-Based Oligonucleotide set contains 38,467 70-mer probe sequences and is designed for studying mouse transcription and alternative splicing patterns.


SuperArray has launched its RT2 Real-Time and RT2 End-Point PCR gene expression assay kits. The kits offer primer sets for every gene in the human, mouse, and rat genomes, as well as several PCR master mixes accommodating different PCR instruments.


Axaron Bioscience has developed the Axaminer platform for cell-type specific transcription profiling. The platform is being used in developing the firm’s Phase II stroke treatment, AX200, as well as in a study investigating the mode of action of antidepressant amitriptyline.


Epicentre has announced the availability of its ArrayPure Nano-scale RNA Purification Kit. According to the firm, the kit provides all reagents necessary to purify RNA from one to 10,000 eukaryotic cells.


Case Western Reserve University announced that its BAMarray software is now available for download and licensing. The BAMarray software analyzes gene expression data and was developed by researchers at Case Western and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology.


Japan’s Fisheries Research Agency has developed a DNA chip-based diagnostic product for detecting 23 different pathogenic bacteria in fish.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.