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New Product Watch: May 19, 2009

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Illumina this week launched its HumanOmni1-Quad BeadChip [see related article, this issue]. The four-million feature array provides “up-to-date content for all major classes of genetic variation for the study of human disease,” the firm said.
Specifically, the new BeadChip uses tagSNPs from all three phases of the International HapMap Project and offers coverage of known regions of copy-number variation and SNPs of known disease association. Additionally, the HumanOmni1-Quad BeadChip is Illumina’s first product to offer content derived from the 1000 Genomes Project, the company said. The HumanOmni1-Quad BeadChip supports the simultaneous genotyping of four samples. Illumina said the new chips will ship next month.


GeneGo said last week that it has integrated its data-mining system with OmicSoft's visualization and analysis software.

The integration involves GeneGo's MetaCore pathway analysis platform and OmicSoft's Array Studio software, which is used to interpret high-dimensional data.
OmicSoft President Jack Liu said in a statement that the integration will have "an immediate impact for some of our mutual clients, taking the analysis results generated by Array Studio and moving it to the next level with GeneGo's pathway analysis tools."

Users of Array Studio can now access GeneGo's canonical pathway maps in order to enhance their data analysis and hypothesis testing workflow, GeneGo said.


BioMicro Systems last week released new application notes, accessible here, for using its MAUI Hybridization System and MAUI Wash System with several microarray platforms, including those produced by Agilent Technologies, Exiqon, Invitrogen, Phalanx, and Roche NimbleGen, in a variety of applications, such as gene expression, comparative genome hybridization, and microRNA-expression profiling.

The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.