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New Product Watch: May 5, 2009

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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

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.