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New Product Watch: May 24, 2011

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Affymetrix has launched its Axiom myDesign Targeted Genotyping Arrays to enable researchers to study mutations in disease pathways and characterize gene-gene interactions.

Customers can now design arrays to genotype between 1,500 and 2.6 million markers per sample, allowing them to move from genome-wide scans to specific disease analyses with different experimental approaches on the same platform, according to the firm. Users can create their own arrays using Affy's Axiom Design Center online tool.

In addition to Axiom myDesign TG Arrays, Affy also released a new version of its Axiom Genomic Database. The database now contains 11 million variants, the firm said.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.