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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

Looking for Omicron

NPR reports that SARS-CoV-2 testing in the US has gotten better but also that some experts say more needs to be done to better track the Omicron variant.

Holmes Alleges Abuse

The Associated Press reports that Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes has testified at her wire fraud trial that her business and romantic partner abused her.

Bit More Diverse, But More to Do

While Black and Hispanic patients are more likely to participate in cancer clinical trials than previously, they are still underrepresented, according to US News & World Report.

PNAS Papers on Yeast Gene Silencing, Zika Virus Inhibition, Immunoglobulin Hypermutation

In PNAS this week: gene silencing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, possible neuroprotective role for SHFL in a mouse model of Zika virus infection, and more.