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Agilent SurePrint Gene Expression Microarrays

Agilent Technologies has updated its SurePrint gene expresssion microarrays for messenger RNA profiling in human, mouse, and rat models. The firm said the updates improve coding and noncoding content. 

Updates to the SurePrint G3 Human v3 gene expression microarray were developed in collaboration with Ghent University for complete coverage of the LNCipedia 2.1 database to assay long noncoding RNA transcripts.

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Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.