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.