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New Product Watch: Feb 10, 2009

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Geospiza this week launched upgraded versions of its GeneSifter Lab Edition and GeneSifter Analysis Edition software.

GeneSifter Lab Edition will now support microarray instruments from Affymetrix and Illumina, enabling management, distribution and storage of microarray data to complement the GeneSifter Analysis Edition offering, the company said.


CLC Bio last week launched CLC Main Workbench version 5.0 and CLC Genomics 3.0.1.

Main Workbench 5.0 now supports both microarray- and sequencing-based expression data, along with new visualization options for expression analysis, including an interactive heat map and scatter plot views, the company said.

CLC Genomics 3.0.1 corrects issues related to version 3 that involved the trimming of NGS data, contig views, filter changing, assembling mixes of paired ends and importing of files based on Applied Biosystems' SOLiD data.

The Scan

Study Reveals New Details About Genetics of Major Cause of Female Infertility

Researchers in Nature Medicine conducted a whole-exome sequencing study of mote than a thousand patients with premature ovarian insufficiency.

Circulating Tumor DNA Shows Potential as Biomarker in Rare Childhood Cancer

A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has found that circulating tumor DNA levels in rhabdomyosarcoma may serve as a biomarker for prognosis.

Study Recommends Cancer Screening for Dogs Beginning Age Seven, Depending on Breed

PetDx researchers report in PLOS One that annual cancer screening for dogs should begin by age seven.

White-Tailed Deer Harbor SARS-CoV-2 Variants No Longer Infecting Humans, Study Finds

A new study in PNAS has found that white-tailed deer could act as a reservoir of SARS-CoV-2 variants no longer found among humans.