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Toshiba has developed a DNA chip for diagnosing rheumatism. The Tokyo-based firm developed the chip in collaboration with Professor Naoyuki Kamatani at Tokyo Women’s Medical University. The partners will start testing the efficacy of the chip next month.


SuperArray has launched its GEArray Expression Analysis Suite application software. The web-based software provides visual presentations of statistical data analyses, as well as reports of normalized intensities, present and absent calls, and color-coded fold changes.


BioDiscovery released version 2.7 of its GeneDirector microarray data management software, and version 6.0 of its ImaGene image analysis software. New features in GeneDirector 2.7 include integration with ImaGene 6.0 and with Agilent’s Bioanalyzer 2100 software, a new project organization feature, and an enhanced GUI. New features in ImaGene 6.0 include background correction and data normalization capability, differential regulation analysis, M-A and GenePie plots, and enhanced grid finding.


Following the recent publication of the first complete genome sequence of a tree, the DOE’s Joint Genome Institute has released a poplar genome browser at http://www.jgi.doe.gov/poplar. The Umeå Plant Science Center in Sweden has also released a database with Populus gene expression information at http://www.populus.db.umu.se.


PerkinElmer last week launched a new non-contact micro-dispensing system called Piezoarray. The system features a computer interface that is much easier to use than previous machines in designing custom array plates, according to the company.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.