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Qiagen has updated its Oligo Microarray Database (OMAD), which contains information and current annotation about the company’s oligo sets, to include a search capability for Human and Mouse Genome Oligo Set version 3.0 at http://oligos.qiagen.com/arrays/omad.php. Human version 3.0 contains 34,580 70-mer probes, representing 24,650 genes and 37,123 gene transcripts; and Mouse version 3.0 contains 31,769 70-mer probes, representing 24,878 genes and 32,829 gene transcripts.


New content has been added to Affymetrix’s NetAffx analysis center at http://www.affymetrix.com/analysis/index.affx. The site now includes annotations for the company’s new HG-U133 Plus 2.0 and HG-U133A 2.0 arrays, as well as data from Affy’s quarterly annotation update, including all databases, mappings, and downloadable files.

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