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New Product Watch: Jul 6, 2009

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Mobidiag last week said that it has CE marked its Prove-it Herpes virus microarray for in vitro detection of central nervous system infections. The Helsinki, Finland-based firm said the CE mark ensures the safety of the product in clinical use and opens European markets for its test. Prove-it Herpes identifies seven herpesviruses in a single assay. Prove-it Herpes was developed in co-operation with the Hospital Districts of Helsinki and Uusimaa and the University of Helsinki, Mobidiag said. The company launched a new platform to support its tests in May (see BAN 5/19/2009).


Gentel Biosciences last week launched its APiX Chromogenic Protein Array System. APiX includes a scanner with optional analysis software, surface chemistry substrates, and licensed detection reagents. The Madison, Wis.-based firm sees the platform as an alternative to fluorescence-based protein microarray platforms.

Gentel also said that it will launch over the next few months several APiX-based applications in the areas covering animal diagnostics, pathway analysis, cancer research, and biomarker discovery, screening, and validation. BioArray News spoke about APiX earlier this year with Gentel (see BAN 2/3/2009).


Rubicon Genomics last week launched its PicoPlex Single Cell Whole Genome Amplification kit. The product targets the pre-implantation genetic diagnostics, cancer research, and stem cell research markets, which require rapid, reproducible amplification to profile patient genotypes, karyotypes and mutations. PicoPlex enables reference labs to begin qPCR, microarray, or sequencing analysis less than three hours after collecting patient cells, Rubicon claimed.


Febit last week launched a biochip that it claims contains the newly published whole mouse genome.

The new content is drawn from a paper published recently by the Mouse Genome Sequencing Consortium in PLoS Biology that describes a new mouse genome assembly containing over 139 Mb more sequence compared to previously available mouse genome drafts. The new mouse genome includes 20,210 protein-coding genes and 439 long, non-coding RNAs.

The Scan

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.

EHR Quality Improvement Study Detects Demographic-Related Deficiencies in Cancer Family History Data

In a retrospective analysis in JAMA Network Open, researchers find that sex, ethnicity, language, and other features coincide with the quality of cancer family history information in a patient's record.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Gut Microbiome Community Structure Gradient in Meta-Analysis

Bringing together data from prior studies, researchers in Genome Biology track down microbial taxa and a population structure gradient with ties to ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.