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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

Genes Linked to White-Tailed Jackrabbits' Winter Coat Color Change

Climate change, the researchers noted in Science, may lead to camouflage mismatch and increase predation of white-tailed jackrabbits.

Adenine Base Editor Targets SCID Mutation in New Study

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, report in Cell that adenine base editing was able to produce functional T lymphocytes in a model of severe combined immune deficiency.

Researchers Find Gene Affecting Alkaline Sensitivity in Plants

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science have found a locus affecting alkaline-salinity sensitivity, which could aid in efforts to improve crop productivity, as they report in Science.

International Team Proposes Checklist for Returning Genomic Research Results

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics present a checklist to guide the return of genomic research results to study participants.