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Agilent Technologies, SoftGenetics,

Agilent Technologies this week launched its Human 244K CpG Island Microarrays for studying epigenetics.
Agilent said the arrays can be used to study DNA methylation changes correlated to cancer formation, organism development, genomic imprinting, gene silencing, and chromatin stability.
The company added that it plans to add other organisms to its CpG array line in coming months. 

SoftGenetics said this week that it will launch GeneMarker HID, a software package for gene-based human identity, at the International Symposium on Human Identification to be held Oct. 9-12 in Nashville, Tenn.
GeneMarker HID, developed in collaboration with researchers at Pennsylvania State University’s Forensic Science program, is compatible with outputs from Applied BiosystemsPrism Genetic Analyzer systems as well as STR chemistries such as ABI’s Identifier, SGM Plus, and PowerPlex 16 from Promega.
SoftGenetics is offering free trials of the software through its website

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