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New Product Watch: Oct 4, 2011

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Illumina recently launched its Infinium BovineLD BeadChip. Each low-density array on the 24-sample chip contains 7,000 SNPs and supports applications including genomic selection, parentage, and traceability.

Illumina developed the BovineLD BeadChip with experts from the Department of Primary Industries Victoria in Australia, the National Institute for Agricultural Research, and the National Association of Livestock & Artificial Insemination Cooperatives in France, and the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

The chip can be customized by adding up to 80,000 custom markers. The chips can be processed on Illumina's BeadArray Reader, iScan, or HiScan systems.

The BovineLD BeadChip is available in 48-, 288-, and 1,152-sample kits, Illumina said.


Arrayjet has launched its Advance custom microarray services.

The Roslin, UK-based inkjet microarrayer manufacturer will now produce customer-designed arrays for a number of applications, with expertise in DNA, RNA, and PNA arrays, antibody arrays, cell lysate arrays, serum arrays, carbohydrate and lectin arrays, and non-biological arrays.

BioArray News spoke with Arrayjet earlier this year about the rollout of its custom services (BAN 2/15/2011).


Warner Instruments recently launched its Okolab H501-EC CO2 Microscope Stage Incubator, which it claims is ideal for long-term, time-lapse imaging.

Warner recommends the H501-EC be used with glass slides, Petri dishes, or chambered cover glass. According to Warner, the H501-EC can automatically adjust the humidity of the gas stream to minimize evaporative losses in the media and can regulate media pH levels with its carbon dioxide controller.

The Scan

Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.

Family Genetic Risk Score Linked to Diagnostic Trajectory in Psychiatric Disorders

Researchers in JAMA Psychiatry find ties between high or low family genetic risk scores and diagnostic stability or change in four major psychiatric disorders over time.

Study Questions Existence of Fetal Microbiome

A study appearing in Nature this week suggests that the reported fetal microbiome might be the result of sample contamination.

Fruit Fly Study Explores Gut Microbiome Effects on Circadian Rhythm

With gut microbiome and gene expression experiments, researchers in PNAS see signs that the microbiome contributes to circadian rhythm synchronicity and stability in fruit flies.