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Illumina, Toyobo, Riken

Illumina last week launched its RatRef-12 Whole-Genome Expression BeadChip, a whole-genome expression product for rat that analyzes 12 samples in parallel on one of the company’s BeadChips.

Content for the RatRef-12 Expression BeadChip is derived from the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s RefSeq database and 22,000 rat transcripts are represented on the array, Illumina said.
The company now offers expression BeadChips as catalog products or through service providers for rat, mouse, and human.

Toyobo and Riken last week launched their Photo-linker SPR-203 Chip for drug screening.

Toyobo and Riken co-developed the chip, which uses surface plasmon resonance technology, and offers 96 features per array.  The Photo-linker chip is priced at ¥55,000 ($470 US).

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

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

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.