Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

New Product Watch: Sep 6, 2011

Premium

Ambry Genetics last week launched its CancerArray, an exon-focused, 180,000-probe array for comparative genomic hybridization. The new chip offers genome-wide probe coverage at an average resolution of 20 kb with higher-density coverage in more than 400 known cancer-associated genes, according to the Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based firm.

Ardy Arianpour, Ambry's vice president of business development, said that the clinical laboratory expects to see "high demand" for the new array "due to the increasing amount of translational oncology research being conducted by biotech and pharmaceutical companies and academic research groups."

The content for the array was partially drawn from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's Cancer Gene Census, a catalogue of genes for which mutations have been causally implicated in cancer, Ambry said. The chip is being made available to researchers as a service through the firm's lab.


Asper Biotech has updated its array-based test for Sensorineural Hearing Loss. The new version includes four additional genes – KCNQ4, TCM1, MYO15A, MYO7A — as well as a 232-kilobase deletion from GJB6 [del(GJB6-D13S1854)]. In total, the new SNHL microarray analyzes 11 genes – GJB2, GJB6, GJB3, SLC26A5, SLC26A4, MTNR1, MTTS1, KCNQ4, TCM1, MYO15A, MYO7A – and detects 246 mutations compared to 198 mutations in the earlier version.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.