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New Products: Oxford Gene Technology's CytoSure ISCA+SNP Array; Scienion's SciReader CL


Oxford Gene Technology this week launched its CytoSure ISCA +SNP Array. Agilent Technologies manufactures the chip. Four, 180,000-marker arrays are printed on each slide.

OGT said its new array combines array comparative genomic hybridization probes, endorsed by the International Standards for Cytogenomic Arrays Consortium, with validated SNP content that allows users to detect copy number changes and loss of heterozygosity. The array includes content designed to focus on disease and syndrome-associated regions, in addition to offering whole-genome coverage.

OGT provides all users of its CytoSure arrays with its CytoSure Interpret Software.

Scienion this week introduced its SciReader CL array imaging platform. SciReader CL enables the colorimetric detection of multiplex assays and is suitable for all kinds of multiplex assays in planar array formats such as microtiter plates and slides, according to the Berlin-based firm. Image acquisition and analysis software are also optimized for 96-well formats.

SciReader comes with software and multiple features, including automated spot finding and evaluation of single arrays or array batches. It also allows for customization of array analysis and report formats. Ready to use applications include DNA and protein multi-parameter analysis, genotyping and pathogen identification, the firm said.

The Scan

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