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Agilent Technologies, Paradigm Genetics, NimbleGen Systems, MiraiBio


Agilent Technologies has launched its Mouse Oligo Microarray Kit, which was developed with Paradigm Genetics. The 60-mer oligonucelotide mouse microarray can help researchers assess more than 20,000 murine genes and transcripts, including a set of toxicology markers defined through collaborations with groups like the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and members of the Toxicogenomics Research Consortium.

NimbleGen Systems has launched its ArrayScribe software, designed to enable researchers to design their own high-density microarrays. The product, which customers can download on Nimblegen’s website, is free for a limited time.

The product enables researchers to design arrays with 10-1,000 times more probes than a spotted array, Nimblegen said. The product allows them to import probe files, specify probe placement, auto-generate mismatch sequences, specify replicate probes, determine spot size and probe density, and select and place control sequences.

The resulting design files can be used in the company’s array-manufacturing platform, which works with both long — 70mers or longer — and short oligos.

MiraiBio has launched its FlexMap bead technology for SNP-genotyping and haplotyping on Luminex-based platforms. The product, which employs a universal tagging system, is said to hasten bead-based assay development and analysis by eliminating the need to couple capture oligos to beads.

Each of the FlexMap's 100 individual bead sets has a 24-base oligo attached. Each bead set has a specific dye combination, which provides every set with a unique color, according to MiraiBio.

The company said FlexMap beads can be used for any genetic sequence and are compatible with multiple SNP chemistries. The kit comprises one tube for PCR, one tube for ASPE, and one hybridization/detection tube.

The resulting tool enables researchers to multiplex as many as 100 tests per well and read up to 10,000 genotypes per hour. Assays typically run less than 50 cents per SNP test, the firm said.


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