Signature Genomic Laboratories this week launched SignatureChip Oligo Solution for the detection of chromosome abnormalities in individuals with mental retardation, developmental delay, and congenital anomalies.
 
The 105,000 oligonucleotides on the array cover over 150 syndromes. SignatureChipOS has one probe every 10 kilobases in regions of interest and an average probe spacing of one probe every 35 kb throughout the genome, for an average of 50 oligos per clinical locus, the firm said.

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The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

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