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Qiagen, Softberry


Qiagen has introduced a BioRobot LiquiChip System for automated microplate setup and transfer of high-content xMAP assays. The product is intended for multiplexing of up to 100 different biomarker or biomolecule analytes in a small sample. Applications, according to the company, include high-throughput analysis of endocrine and paracrine mediators, cell-signaling pathways, and serological profiles among other biomolecules. Qiagen will sell specialist packs containing all relevant accessories such as protocol template, installation, and training.


Softberry has released Pdisorder V 1.0, a program designed to predict ordered and disordered regions of protein sequences. The underlying algorithm is based on a three-layered neural net, in which each layer has 10 neurons, according to the company. The minimum required sequence length is 40 amino acids. The program is rooted in the recent evidence that protein regions that are intrinsically unstructured are found in cell signaling, in regulatory pathways, and in cancer; and therefore these regions in particular can be used to aid in the discovery of anti-cancer therapeutics.

The Scan

Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

In Genome Research this week: structural variants in craniosynostosis, LINE-1 activity in rhesus macaque brain, and more.