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LC Sciences, NIH

LC Sciences said last week that it has updated the μParaflo Chip it uses in its microRNA profiling service to include probe content from the SangerCenter’s miRBase 10.0, which was released earlier this month.
According to the Houston-based firm, the array now has coverage for 489 additional hairpin sequences and 971 novel mature and experimentally verified miR products, a 42 percent increase of unique miRNA sequences.
The company also said that many human, mouse, and rat mature miRNAs have been renamed and the sequence boundaries changed to reflect the predominant forms identified in recent large-scale cloning studies.

The National Institutes of Health is looking to outlicense a chromosomal comparative genomic hybridization microarray for the detection of cancer-associated genome amplification and deletion events
According to the NIH, the array offers 60-mer oligonucleotide features within a previously shown set of 36 tumor-associated genes/genomic regions and can successfully detect small changes in DNA copy number with high density coverage. 
Those who are interested in contacting the NIH to license this technology can send their inquiries here.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.