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New Product Watch: Dec 15, 2009

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Oxford Gene Technology this week launched its CytoSure Interpret software for the analysis of oligonucleotide array comparative genomic hybridization data.

The software includes an "accelerate" function for the automation of data analysis workflows. Users can customize other functions, such as normalization, aberration detection, and report generation. CytoSure Interpret also allows users to integrate results with legacy data, confirm probe information, and annotate tracks covering syndromes, genes, exons, copy number variants, and recombination hotspots. These tracks link to publicly available databases such as Decipher and the Database of Genomic Variants, OGT said.


RayBiotech has launched its Quantibody Human Cytokine Array 4000 for the quantitative expression profiling of 200 different proteins in an experiment.

The kit consists of five different quantitative multiplex enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay-based array slides: the Quantibody Human Inflammation Array 3 detects 40 inflammatory markers; the Quantibody Human Chemokine Array 1 detects 40 chemokines; the Quantibody Human Growth Factor Array 1 detects 40 growth factors; the Quantibody Human Receptor Array 1 detects 40 soluble cytokine receptors; and the Quantibody Human Cytokine Array 4 detects 40 cytokines and related proteins.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.