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Microarray Research Group of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities, DNA Research Innovations

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The Microarray Research Group of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities has sent out its 4th Annual Survey of Microarray Facilities. The web-based survey is intended to create a profile of the microarray field and includes questions about both the Affymetrix and spotted array technologies. It also seeks information related to bioinformatics and the future direction of the field. Microarray laboratory researchers and personnel can access the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=74287542889. The survey deadline is Jan. 7, 2005, and analysis of the survey data will be presented at the ABRF 2005 meeting, Feb. 5-8 in Savannah, Ga.


DNA Research Innovations this past week launched two products based on its ChargeSwitch RNA purification technology, a CST RNA Purification Kit used with cells and a second CST kit for purification from micro-tissue samples. The kits are “10 times as sensitive” as silica methodologies and are intended for analysis of small molecular-weight and rare transcripts, according to the firm.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.