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Agilent Technologies last week launched GeneSpring GX 11.5, an expansion of its bioinformatics software.

GeneSpring GX 11.5 now interprets exon microarray, proteomics, and metabolomics experiments together, using a familiar interface, the company said. GeneSpring GX continues to support applications for gene expression analysis, genomic copy number analysis, genome-wide association analysis, and transcriptomics data analysis.

GeneSpring GX 11.5 was developed in conjunction with Strand Scientific Intelligence and is powered by Strand's Avadis platform. The new software also adds advanced data management functions such as a comprehensive backup utility and an enhanced data-migration tool, Agilent said. It includes integration with GeneGo's MetaCore pathway analysis tool, giving users the ability to combine statistical analysis in GeneSpring with MetaCore's strengths in pathway analysis.


Cellix this week launched its Vena4Y and the Vena4Y2 biochips for thrombosis and atherosclerosis research, including the study of platelet adhesion, aggregation and thrombi formation.

According to the Irish firm, its platform integrates flow-based cell adhesion assays with branching microchannels that mimic human capillaries. The biochips allow for the precise control of microliter volumes of biochemical samples and reagents, it said.

The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.