BioMicro of Salt Lake City, Utah, has commercially launched its MAUI microfluidic hybridization system for microarrays. BioMicro’s arrays apply its patented technique of controlling fluid through microchannels using passive valves. Each MAUI chip is disposable, can fit atop most standard microscope slide arrays, and costs about $50, the company said. The current platform is manual, but BioMicro intends to develop an automated version for the manipulation of multiple samples of reagents.
Lao Saal and colleagues from the department of oncology in Sweden’s Lund University have released a new open source microarray database, BioArray Software Environment (BASE). BASE is compliant with the Minimal Information About a Microarray Experiment (MIAME) standard, is designed to be installed in a lab or group of labs, and can be used as a web interface. The system was developed using the Linux platform, and only requires that the user have his or her own server and a PC. Information about BASE is available at the department’s website, http://base.thep.lu.se.