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Thermo Fisher Scientific Axiom Africa Array

Thermo Fisher Scientific announced the commercial launch of the Applied Biosystems Axiom Africa Arrray for medical and population genomics to accelerate and support initiatives in global health and population research. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Thermo Fisher co-developed the array, which  captures genome-wide variation in African populations, as well as Asian and European populations. The array leverages content from the African Genome Resource, and as such contains 925,000 variants, tagging at least 90 percent of common genetic variation in 12 African populations. It also includes pre-selected evidence-based genetic variants important in the context of disease research and pharmacogenomics in global populations. 

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