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SAS, Affymetrix, Illumina, Asper Biotech, University of Zurich

SAS this week launched JMP Genomics 3.1, a genomics analysis software package that offers users the ability to analyze copy number variation, SNP, and proteomics data sets.
Specifically, JMP Genomics 3.1 offers copy number import tools for common formats, including Affymetrix and Illumina output files; copy number analysis tools for large SNP intensity data sets; Affymetrix CHP Expression Wizard; NetAffx download capabilities; principal components analysis for population stratification; interactive Venn diagrams; and expanded documentation of individual features.
SAS said it offers department, campus-wide, and core-lab licensing options for academic groups to use for teaching and research. Prospective users can license JMP Genomics or request a free 30-day trial of the software.

Asper Biotech this month launched a chip for screening mutations associated with congenital stationary night blindness, an inherited eye disorder.
The test has been developed for screening mutations of three forms of CSNB — autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, and X-linked — and can be used for screening 127 mutations in 9 genes: RHO, PDE6B, GNAT1, CABP4, GRM6, SAG, NYX, CACNA1F and CACNA2D.
The chip was developed with the Institute of Medial Genetics at the University of Zurich.
Asper also said that it has updated its AD-RP Chip, which analyzes 12 new mutations associated with autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa. Currently the test can be used to screen 353 mutations in 13 genes: CA4, FSCN2, IMPDH1, NRL, PRPF3, PRPF31, PRPF8, RDS, RHO, ROM1, RP1, RP9 and CRX.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

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Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.