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In Brief This Week: Affymetrix; Arrayit; EcoArray, DNA Precision

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Affymetrix said this week that researchers associated with The Kaiser Permanente Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health (RPGEH) and the University of California, San Francisco, will use the firm's new Axiom Genotyping Solution as part of their efforts to conduct genome-wide analysis of DNA samples from 100,000 Kaiser volunteers in Northern California. Those research efforts are supported by a $24.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, announced earlier this week.

Arrayit said it is collaborating with the European Space Agency to provide tools for its ExoMars Mission Aurora Program. The program will use Arrayit's microarray technology to examine soil samples from Mars and seeks clues to past or present life on the planet.

Environmental genomics firm EcoArray this week launched a new division, called DNA Precision, which will offer services for genetic and healthcare research, The Gainesville, Fla.-based firm said that the division offers gene discovery and analysis services, from library development to bioinformatics.

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.