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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

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.