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Agilent Technologies this week launched GeneSpring GX 11, the latest version of its desktop software for visualizing and analyzing microarray data. The company also launched GeneSpring Workgroup 11, the enterprise version of the GeneSpring software.

According to Agilent, GeneSpring 11 adds capabilities for genetic association analysis using genotyping data, genomic copy number analysis, and other analytical and visualization tools to enable the comparison of these data.

Using GeneSpring 11, researchers can view data from microRNA, gene expression, genotyping, and copy number experiments simultaneously within a single window, the firm said. The software also includes a new genome browser, where researchers can plot multiple data types as tracks in the same view, and merge tracks to overlay different data types.

GeneSpring 11 also includes automatic translation of probes across different microarray platforms and organisms, and allows researchers to compare results through a drag-and-drop function into a Venn diagram, Agilent said.

GeneSpring Workgroup 11 also adds two web-enabled clients for its enterprise-level product, with a central database for storage of different -omics data types. The data browser provides an interface through which users can search for experiments and samples stored in Workgroup's database using configurable search fields. Users can download associated data files and view published static images, the firm said.


Fluidigm this week announced the release of its 48.48 Access Array integrated fluidic chip for Roche 454 FLX sequencer users active in amplicon tagging.

The Access Array IFC automatically generates emPCR-ready libraries by combining 48 samples and 48 primer sets to produce 48 uniquely barcoded samples per chip for approximately $7 per sample, Fluidigm said.

The South San Francisco, Calif.-based firm said that Access Array IFC, when used with a 454 FLX sequencer, can capture up to 12 kilobases of sequence data per sample, or 576 kilobases per array.

The new Access Array also features the ability to harvest the sample out of the chip. Once the sample processing has been completed in the chip it automatically returns the sample to the inlets where they can be easily extracted and readied for sequencing, Fluidigm said.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office of Public Health Genomics has released GWAS Integrator, a new bioinformatics tool in the HuGE Navigator, an online knowledgebase of human genome epidemiology.

According to CDC, the new tool lets scientists mine data from published genome-wide association studies using the National Human Genome Research Institute's GWAS catalog, the National Institutes of Health's HapMap, the Broad Institute's SNP annotation and proxy search platform SNAP, the University of California at Santa Cruz's Genome Browser, and the HuGE Navigator itself.

GWAS Integrator offers "lookup and analytic functionalities for all published GWAS studies that are available in the GWAS catalog curated by the National Human Genome Research Institute," the CDC said.


Ocimum Biosolutions has released Biotracker Lite, a laboratory information management solution that targets small to mid-sized laboratories
Biotracker Lite is a "general purpose version" of Ocimum's other LIMS product, Biotracker.

Biotracker Lite is intended to help researchers manage samples and their associated data, inventory management, laboratory instrument management and integration, regulatory compliance, and reports, the company said.

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