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In Print: Last Week’s Microarray Papers of Note

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BAC chromosomal microarray for prenatal detection of chromosome anomalies in fetal ultrasound anomalies: an economic evaluation.
Fetal Diagn Ther. 2014 Jun 13:49-58. [Epub ahead of print]
Hillman S, et al.

The authors assessed the cost of prenatal chromosomal microarrays when performed for structural anomalies on fetal ultrasound scans over conventional techniques. Nine strategies of testing were modeled including combinations of the tests: QF-PCR, G-band karyotyping, CMA, and FISH. They determined that the use of prenatal BAC CMA is not currently cost-effective when compared to other testing strategies.


An antibody array in a multiwell plate format for the sensitive and multiplexed detection of important plant pathogens.
Anal Chem. 2014 Jun 19. [Epub ahead of print]
Charlermroj R, et al.

The authors developed an antibody array in a multiwell plate format to simultaneously detect four crucial plant pathogens: the bacterial fruit blotch bacterium Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli, chili vein-banding mottle virus, watermelon silver mottle virus, and melon yellow spot virus. They claimed the antibody array accurately detected plant pathogens in single and multiple detections.


The tissue is the issue: improved methylome analysis from paraffin-embedded tissues by application of the HOPE technique.
Lab Invest. 2014 Jun 16. [Epub ahead of print]
Marwitz S, et al.

The authors compared the influence of fixation on the outcome of Illumina BeadChip methylation analysis. Samples were fixed with formalin and by the non-cross-linking Hepes-glutamic acid buffer mediated organic solvent protection effect, or HOPE, technique. They demonstrated that HOPE fixation is superior to formalin fixation if a subsequent BeadChip analysis of paraffin-embedded sample material is intended.

The Scan

Booster Push

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With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.