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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

Taking Stock of the Stockpile

The US and European countries are evaluating their smallpox vaccine stockpiles as the number of monkeypox cases increases, the Washington Post reports.

Vitamin D From Tomatoes

According to Reuters, researchers in the UK have gene-edited tomatoes so their fruit contains vitamin D.

Cause Not Yet Spotted

NPR reports that a new study was unable to find a cause for persistent long COVID symptoms.

PNAS Papers on Central African Hunter-Gatherers, Myopia Development, Ancient Microtia Allele

In PNAS this week: population patterns among Central African hunter gatherers, effect of myopia-linked gene variant, and more.