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New Product Watch: Feb 9, 2010


Roche NimbleGen said last week that it has certified genomics service provider Atlas Biolabs to provide target-enrichment and sequencing services using its technologies.

Atlas Biolabs, based in Berlin, will provide DNA capture services using NimbleGen sequence capture arrays, and then sequence the samples on Roche's 454 GS FLX.

Atlas Biolabs joins two other European NimbleGen-certified service providers: Eurofins MWG Operon and ImaGenes.

Silicon Kinetics last week launched new surface chemistries for its SKi Pro label-free biomolecular interaction analysis platform.

The new chemistries include NTA-Ni for His-tagged proteins, and protein A and protein G for coupling antibodies.

San Diego-based Silicon Kinetics said its 3D SKi Sensor biochips are used to detect protein-protein, protein-drug, or protein-DNA interactions in real time and quantify binding kinetics, dissociation rates, or biomolecular affinity ranking.

Dimole this week launched DIM-Array PVY PLRV. The system offers DNA-based simultaneous detection of potato Y potyvirus, including strains PVYO, PVYN, and PVYntn, as well as potato leafroll luteovirus and an internal control from dormant potato tubers.

The system allows for testing of a group of dormant tubers in a single assay within eight hours, Laval, Quebec-based Dimole said. The DIM-Array PVY PLRV system was evaluated by the potato laboratory Research and Development Institute for the Agri-Environment of Quebec, according to the firm.

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.