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Exiqon this week launched the sixth generation of its Mircury LNA microRNA Arrays for expression profiling of microRNA from human, mouse, and rat.

The new arrays have 2,361 unique capture probes covering all mature human, mouse, rat, and related viral microRNA sequences as annotated in miRBase version 16.0. This is an increase of 500 microRNA capture probes compared with the fifth generation of the firm's microRNA array. The array also contains capture probes for 66 internally discovered miRPlus microRNAs.


CGC Genetics recently began offering testing for Noonan syndrome and other genetically related syndromes. The assay runs on the Illumina BeadXpress system.

This prenatal diagnostic test was developed to complement clinical diagnosis in cases where there is a suspicion of Noonan syndrome, such as increased nuchal translucency with normal chromosomes. In total, the assay includes 52 point mutations that are associated with Noonan syndrome as well as a differential diagnosis for Costello, LEOPARD, and cardiofaciocutaneous syndromes.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.