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New Product Watch: May 3, 2011

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Illumina has launched its Omni2.5-8 BeadChip. The array enables users to survey eight, 2.4 million-marker arrays on one chip, and includes new, rare variant content identified by the 1000 Genomes Project and other sources.

Illumina claims customers can process more than a thousand samples a week on the Omni2.5-8 with its HiScanSQ or iScan systems. The new chip is an "integral part" of its so-called Omni Roadmap, which provides researchers with access to new variants identified by the 1000 Genomes Project as they are identified.

Researchers can begin genome-wide association studies immediately and add additional markers on supplemental arrays as they become available, Illumina said. Illumina is planning to launch a 5-million-marker BeadChip later this year (see related story, this issue).


Connective Tissue Gene Tests last week announced the addition of high-density targeted array deletion/duplication tests for eight disorders.

Using its platform, Allentown, Pa.-based CTGT can now test patient samples for Desbuquois dysplasia, Dyggve-Melchior-Clausen disease, Glomuvenous malformations, Smith-McCort dysplasia, Three M syndrome 1, Three M syndrome 2, Torg-Winchester syndrome, and autosomal recessive Weill-Marchesani syndrome.

CTGT's services are offered on its High-Density Targeted Array, a custom designed Agilent Technologies G3 SurePrint microarray. The firm began offering array-based testing last year.

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.