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CombiMatrix has launched its ElectraSense microarray reader. The palm-sized reader electrochemically measures up to 12,000 probes on an array in less than 25 seconds, according to the Mukilteo, Wash.-based firm.

CombiMatrix said it was able to develop the compact reader by eliminating optics, light sources, and some alignment components, and by using common enzymes and substrates. The ElectraSense reader was developed with funding from the US Department of Defense.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.