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Illumina, Toyobo, Riken

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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

Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

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DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.