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Applied Biosystems, Pharmo-Gene

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Applied Biosystems has launched BioMonitor, a device that enables researchers to remotely monitor the ABI PRISM 3100, 3730, and 3730xl gene analyzers. The instrument, which is available to contract and warranty customers, allows ABI to remotely monitor and analyze the operational parameters from each instrument attached to the system. This, in turn, enables remote diagnostics and failure prediction.


Pharmo-Gene has released its Pharmo-Gene A polymer mirror microarray substrate in North America, and is looking for a commercialization partner. PGA substrates have a highly reflective backside surface that the company claims can increase signal-to-noise ratio on all fluorescent detection instruments. Pharmo-Gene currently sells the chips in China, Japan, and elsewhere in Asia.

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The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.