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New Product Watch: Feb 24, 2009


GWC Technologies this week introduced dual-channel array imaging for its label-free analysis platform.

The dual-channel capability is built on the company’s SPRimager II array system. It combines an upgraded instrument, the SPRimager II-D, with a new dual-channel flow cell.

According to GWC, users can now image multiple molecular interactions for two different analytes in parallel; multiple molecular interactions for two concentrations of the same analyte simultaneously; and adsorption of surface layers from organic or aqueous solutions, using the second channel as a control for the unmodified surface.

BioTrove this week launched its OpenArray DLP Real-Time qPCR platform, providing a licensed high-density qPCR platform for use with customers' TaqMan chemistries.

BioTrove said the platform enables a method for profiling miRNAs, detecting pathogens, validating microarray results, and performing expression-based biomarker screens — applications evaluated, with significant success, by BioTrove's broad animal and human health customer base.

Stone Bond Technologies this week introduced MicroLIMS, an online software as a service solution for microarray core laboratories that complements Stone Bond's EE-LIMS product for life sciences.

According to Stone Bond, MicroLIMS is a comprehensive data management and business process automation solution designed for microarray core laboratories. It enables laboratory personnel to access secure data and share critical research results among specified individuals and organizations.

Stone Bond said that MicroLIMS will be available in 4 to 6 weeks as a subscription-based service.

The Scan

Breast Cancer Risk Related to Pathogenic BRCA1 Mutation May Be Modified by Repeats

Several variable number tandem repeats appear to impact breast cancer risk and age at diagnosis in almost 350 individuals carrying a risky Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1 founder mutation.

Study Explores Animated Digital Message Approach to Communicate Genetic Test Results to Family Members

In the Journal of Genetic Counseling, the approach showed promise in participants presented with a hypothetical scenario related to a familial hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome diagnosis.

Computational Tool Predicts Mammalian Messenger RNA Degradation Rates

A tool called Saluki, trained with mouse and human messenger RNA data, appears to improve mRNA half-life predictions by taking RNA and genetic features into account, a Genome Biology paper reports.

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.