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New Product Watch: Jan 27, 2009

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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

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.