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New Product Watch: Jun 14, 2011

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Affymetrix this week launched the Human Genome U133+ PM Array Strip for use on its GeneAtlas Personal Microarray System.

The new array strip allows users to conduct expression profiling of four samples at a time using the GeneAtlas. Each array in the strip contains more than 500,000 probes for measurements of gene expression per sample and as many as 9 to 11 unique probes to interrogate every mRNA transcript, Affy said.

The strip contains the same content as the firm's GeneChip HT HG-U133+ PM Array Plate, which runs on its higher-throughput GeneTitan system, and is based on its cartridge-format GeneChip Human Genome U133 Plus 2.0 Array.


Molecular Devices has launched the GenePix SL50 Slide Loader and GenePix Pro 7.2 Software for use in its microarray workflow.

The SL50 Slide Loader is a modular, external slide handling and storage system that can be added to the firm's existing GenePix 4300A or 4400A scanners. It has automation capacity for up to 50 microarrays, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said.

The new software takes advantage of Windows 7 64-bit computing performance and handles the "most demanding image analysis tasks," the company added.

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US Booster Eligibility Decision

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Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.