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Stratagene, Affymetrix, Imaging Research, Amersham Biosciences, Affibody, InforSense, AutoGen


Stratagene has agreed to exclusively distribute and co-market four of Iobion Informatics’ desktop informatics packages — GeneSolve, ProteinSolve, PathwayAssist, and ArrayAssist — the La Jolla, Calif.-based sister companies said last week. The packages will be sold individually, as well as in a suite named IobionLab. PathwayAssist package uses a natural language processor to use the literature to build biological association networks. GeneSolve and ProteinSolve include capabilities for importing, visualizing, and interpreting DNA and protein sequence information. ArrayAssist is designed for impor-tation and analysis of Affymetrix microarray data.


Imaging Research of St. Catharines, Ontario, a subsidiary of Amersham Biosciences, announced the release of ArrayVision v8.0 last week for analysis of genomic and proteomic arrays. New features include a new GUI, background subtraction options for protein arrays, new weighting functions for improved curve-fitting, flexible graphing tools and simplified import/export functions.


Affibody of Stockholm, Sweden, and InforSense of London last week released KDE GeneSense — an application for interpreting experimental genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics data with available scientific knowledge for the identification and validation of potential drug targets. GeneSense couples InforSense’s Kensington Discovery Edition informatics with Affibody’s data management, biological annotation (ontology) and visual representation technology.


AutoGen is introducing AugGenPrep 240, an automated robotic system for isolating DNA from bacterial samples. The benchtop instrument can process up to 24 samples in three hours and will be available June 1.


The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.