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LC Sciences this week began offering probe content from the Plant MicroRNA Database for its microRNA microarray customers.

The PMRD integrates available plant miRNA data deposited in other public databases, gleaned from the recent literature, and data generated by the database organizers. It is available here.

LC Sciences' miRNA microarrays are available on its µParaflo microfluidics on-chip synthesis platform. In total, there are 8,433 miRNAs collected from 121 plant species in PMRD — including model plants and crops such as Arabidopsis, rice, wheat, soybean, maize, sorghum, and barley — on the chip.


TIBCO Software and Integromics this week launched Integromics Biomarker Discovery 2.0 for TIBCO Spotfire, a new data analysis package that provides methods for normalization, pattern detection, treatment comparison, and functional analysis for scientists analyzing genomic expression data.

The offering enables researchers to examine the expression and annotation dimensions of their data and perform a variety of numerical analyses, the firms said.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.