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New Product Watch: May 5, 2009


SAS last week introduced JMP Genomics 4.0, a software tool for analyzing and exploring data from a variety of high-throughput studies, including microarray experiments. Version 4.0 provides statistical tools for quality control, normalization, and pattern discovery, while enabling the analysis of multiple data types from varying platforms, including summarized data from second-generation sequencing technologies, SAS said.

Ocimum Biosolutions this week began offering genomic services on the Affymetrix platform from its office in IJsselstein, the Netherlands. Ocimum will initially offer gene-expression profiling in Europe and will add other services in coming months, the Hyderabad, India-based company said.

SciGene last week launched NoZone WS Workspace, a benchtop system for maintaining an ozone-safe environment when operating microarray scanning and processing equipment.

The workspace consists of a benchtop polycarbonate enclosure with an external ozone filtration system that achieves and maintains ozone levels below 5 ppb within minutes, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said. The system is designed to accommodate SciGene's Little Dipper Processor for automated post-hybridization washing and drying of microarrays.

The Scan

Genes Linked to White-Tailed Jackrabbits' Winter Coat Color Change

Climate change, the researchers noted in Science, may lead to camouflage mismatch and increase predation of white-tailed jackrabbits.

Adenine Base Editor Targets SCID Mutation in New Study

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, report in Cell that adenine base editing was able to produce functional T lymphocytes in a model of severe combined immune deficiency.

Researchers Find Gene Affecting Alkaline Sensitivity in Plants

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science have found a locus affecting alkaline-salinity sensitivity, which could aid in efforts to improve crop productivity, as they report in Science.

International Team Proposes Checklist for Returning Genomic Research Results

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics present a checklist to guide the return of genomic research results to study participants.