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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

Self-Reported Hearing Loss in Older Adults Begins Very Early in Life, Study Says

A JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery study says polygenic risk scores associated with hearing loss in older adults is also associated with hearing decline in younger groups.

Genome-Wide Analysis Sheds Light on Genetics of ADHD

A genome-wide association study meta-analysis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder appearing in Nature Genetics links 76 genes to risk of having the disorder.

MicroRNA Cotargeting Linked to Lupus

A mouse-based study appearing in BMC Biology implicates two microRNAs with overlapping target sites in lupus.

Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.