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


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 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

White-Tailed Deer Harbor SARS-CoV-2 Variants No Longer Infecting Humans, Study Finds

A new study in PNAS has found that white-tailed deer could act as a reservoir of SARS-CoV-2 variants no longer found among humans.

Study Points to Benefits of Local Consolidative Therapy, Targeted Treatments in Cancer Care

In JCO Precision Oncology, researchers report that local consolidative therapy combined with molecularly targeted treatments could improve survival for some lung cancer patients.

Genetic Variants That Lower LDL Cholesterol Linked to Reduced Heart Disease Risk

Rare variants in two genes that lower LDL cholesterol are also associated with a decreased risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new JAMA Cardiology study.

Study Links Evolution of Longevity, Social Organization in Mammals

With the help of comparative phylogenetics and transcriptomics, researchers in Nature Communications see ties between lifespan and social organization in mammals.