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New Products: OGT's CytoSure Molecular Arrays, Golden Helix's SNP & Variation Suite 8


Oxford Gene Technology has expanded its menu of CytoSure Molecular Arrays for the investigation of DNA copy number variants underlying genetic disorders.

OGT and collaborators at Emory Genetics Laboratory designed the comparative genomic hybridization arrays, which target genes associated with 22 different diseases and disorders. A full list of the chips is available on the Oxford, UK-based firm's website.

Representatives from OGT and EGL will be discussing the arrays during the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics' annual meeting, which will be held later this month in Nashville, Tenn.

BioArray News in November interviewed Madhuri Hegde, executive director of EGL, about her work with OGT.

Golden Helix this week introduced the eighth version of its SNP & Variation Suite software, a collection of analytic tools for managing, analyzing, and visualizing multifaceted genomic and phenotypic data intended for users undertaking next-generation sequencing studies, genome-wide association studies, and copy number analysis.

According to the Bozeman, Mont.-based bioinformatics company, SVS8 offers new analysis capabilities including Haplotype Trend Regression, Fst by Marker, and DNA-Seq additions. It also offers new visualization tools, annotation track and data handling improvements, and workflow streamlining.

BioArray News recently discussed SVS8 with Bryce Christensen, director of services at Golden Helix.

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