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In Brief This Week: RainDance Technologies, Expression Analysis; BD; Precision Biomarkers, Affy; and More

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – RainDance Technologies said this week that it had sold its RDT 1000 and sequence enrichment solution to Expression Analysis, a genomic services provider. RainDance said that it was the first sale of its system to a service provider.

Becton Dickinson is investing $200 million in expanding its operations in Mexico, a company official confirmed for GenomeWeb Daily News this week. The firm is expanding a facility in Cuautitlan Izcalli, near Mexico City, and is building a new plant in San Luis Potosi. According to a BD spokesperson, the new facilities make products for the BD Medical segment of the firm.

Precision Biomarkers said that it is the first service provider to offer microRNA profiling using Affymetrix's recently launched GeneChip miRNA Arrays. Precision Biomarkers said that it use the arrays in its biomarker discovery services for pharmaceutical, biotech, and academic customers.

ArrayJet said that it has installed four of its Marathon or Super-Marathon Inkjet Microarrayers during the past 12 months. The firm said that the instruments have been placed at the UHN Microarray Centre in Toronto; USAMRIID in Frederick, Md.; Cornell University in Ithaca, NY; and an undisclosed "large" Bay Area biotech company.

UK charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer announced this week that it has launched "the world's most comprehensive breast cancer database." The Rock database is a free resource that enables researchers to generate detailed computer models and look at complex interactions of all genes and proteins involved in breast cancer.

Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine is using Geospiza's genetic analysis software to analyze next-generation sequence data the lab is conducting on sea urchin embryos.

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