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Affymetrix said last week that its Fusion Software Developers Kit has been updated to support its DMET Console 1.0 Software. The latest release of the Fusion SDK also includes functions for parsing CDF files in support of analyzing ADME drug metabolism biomarkers on the DMET Plus Array, as well as C++ source code compliant with GNU Compiler Collection version 4.3.


Caliper Life Sciences this week launched its Zephyr Genomics Workstation, an automated sample-preparation and liquid handling station for molecular biology applications.

The Zephyr Genomics Workstation includes pre-installed methods for automating many widely used nucleic acid purification chemistries, as well as standard Caliper methods for routine applications such as PCR setup and sample normalization, Caliper said.

The system also includes a graphical user interface, partial tip loading, and an ultrasonic detector. The GUI guides the user through method selection and proper deck setup; the partial tip loading capability enables the processing of as few as eight and as many as 96 samples simultaneously; and the ultrasonic detector provides contact-free liquid level sensing and reduces the potential for cross contamination, Caliper said.


Iris BioTechnologies this week launched BioWindows 2.0, the latest version of its
web-based, medical information storage system that allows participants to grant selective or full sharing capabilities of their confidential medical and lifestyle information to physicians or family members.

BioWindows is designed to work with genomic profiles generated using the Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm’s Nano-Biochip platform.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.