MWG Biotech of Ebersberg, Germany and High Point, NC, has launched its Pan Mouse 10K Array, a 10,000-gene mouse array, which sells for 950 Euro ($847). The company selected the genes, which are represented as oligonucleotides, from among the 13,000 mouse genes to have been functionally defined so far. “The advantage of the Pan Mouse 10K Array compared to existing mouse chips for specific research areas is the much higher number of genes with a known function,” stated Lutz Wehmeier, business unit director of microarrays at MWG Biotech.
The oligonucleotides on the array are also available as a 10K oligo set that can be used by researchers to spot their own microarrays. Upon request, the company will produce custom arrays based on the mouse array. Additionally, the company has added the genes or gene functions included in the array in its searchable database, the Compact Gene Index system.
This array complements MWG Biotech’s other catalog arrays, including the Pan Human 10K array, the Chromosome 21 Array, which has 500 genes, and the Pan Human Cancer Array, which includes 1,900 genes relevant to cancer. The company also plans to introduce two more human arrays during the first quarter of this year.
Brinkman Instruments, a Westbury, NY subsidiary of Eppendorf, has introduced the Eppendorf CreativeChip Oligo and Eppendorf Creative Chip PCR Slides. The slides are coated with a hydrophilic 3-D surface chemistry to minimize non-specific binding andincrease efficiency of hybridization, the company said. The slides’ minimum intrinsic fluorescence is also designed to improve signal-to-noise ratios.