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SciGene, Illumina


Sunnyvale, Calif-based SciGene this week introduced the Series 700 microarray hybridization ovens and rotators for use with either Affymetrix or Agilent products. The product accommodates up to 48 Affymetrix GeneChips or 20 Agilent SureHyb chambers using specially designed rotators. A general-purpose rotator is also available for mixing and heating nearly any style hybridization chamber. Pricing details were not provided.

The Model 777, which provides from 2 to 70 revolutions per minute, may also be used for gentle washing of glass and membrane microarrays under controlled temperature using a special designed accessory. The Model 700 provides rotational speeds of 2-20 RPM.

Illumina last week began shipping the BeadStation 500G, a system for performing DNA analysis using the company’s SNP genotyping technology. The instrument can analyze samples on either of two bead-based Illumina array platforms: the 16-sample Sentrix BeadChip and the 96-sample Array Matrix. Pricing for the BeadStation 500G begins at approximately $250,000. A software upgrade allows the unit to be upgraded to a BeadStation 500GX to enable gene expression profiling.

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.