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New Product Watch: Apr 12, 2011


Affymetrix this week launched its Axiom Genome-Wide CHB 1 Array, which is designed to characterize the genetic basis of disease in Han Chinese populations.

To design the array, researchers at the Bio-X Center of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Beijing's Fuwai Hospital selected content from Affy's Axiom Genomic Database as well as Han Chinese data made available through the International HapMap Project.

According to Affy, the arrays will allow researchers to "better match cases and controls within ethnic groups so they focus only on differences by disease state, not structural differences between populations." The firm is marketing the tool to customers "interested in exploring the genetic complexities underlying disease in Han Chinese populations and in populations of Chinese descent."

Asuragen this week launched Inform Thyroid, a panel of molecular markers used on fine needle aspirates of thyroid nodules to aid physicians in the management of thyroid cancer. The FNAs are analyzed on Luminex's xMap platform.

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.