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Q Chip, National Cancer Institute

Q Chip has launched ReaX Assays, premixes that contain all components to perform a PCR amplification assay of a selected target, encapsulated into beads. Users only need to add template DNA.
The first two products in this line are GAPDH and 16S for real-time PCR detecting of the housekeeping gene GAPDH and 16S ribosomal DNA, respectively. Each bead is in a single-dose format, pre-aliquoted into either a 96-well plate or into 8- or 12-well strips.
According to the company, ReaX beads allow untrained operators to set up PCR reactions in any thermal cycler system.

The National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute have released the initial version of The Cancer Genome Atlas data portal. The portal is a storage and data management tool for TCGA data.
To help create a fully integrated version of the portal in the coming months, NCI and NHGRI are seeking input and feedback on the Data Portal can be accessed here.  
The Data Portal includes the first of many sets of data from TCGA, and will be continually updated as data are generated, NCI and NHGRI said.
The Cancer Genome Atlas is a three-year pilot project designed to accelerate understanding of the molecular basis of cancer through the application of genome analysis technologies, including large-scale genome sequencing.

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