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For Agilent, the debut of SurePrint G3 caps a year of upgrading its microarray platform. The density upgrade also comes at a time when all other major array companies have made similar improvements with their platforms.

LCS has entered a market varyingly referred to as sequence capture, target enrichment, and sequence enrichment. While the firms playing in this application area cannot agree on a name for it, they all agree that the market has the potential to become, in LCS' words, "very large."

The firm will use the undisclosed amount to optimize the protocols for its genomic-selection application and to start building a sales and marketing force that "will become more visible in the second half of this year," CEO Fred Dom said.

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Microarray-Related Papers of Note, February 2009

IP Roundup

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Seiko Epson, SRU Biosystems, University of California, Roche NimbleGen, Illumina

According to unaudited, pro forma data, Panomics would have added $10.7 million to Affy's total revenues for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2008, and $11 million to the company's top line in fiscal year 2007.

The company claims that compared to other targeted sequence-enrichment methods, its approach leads to more uniform coverage, or less enrichment bias. RainDance said it plans to offer up to 4,000 amplifications in a single tube later this year.

Both companies are offering users of second-generation sequencing systems new tools to select portions of the genome for targeted resequencing but have optimized their products for different sequencing platforms.

BioArray Briefs: 2009.02.24

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Signature Genomic Labs, HTG, CRL Global Services, Decode Genetics, Kreatech, BioMicro, Agilent, Scienion

Signature Genomics Lab said that it is the first laboratory to receive a New York permit to perform microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization.

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The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.

DARPA is working on developing algorithms that gauge the credibility of research findings, Wired reports.

The American Society of Breast Surgeons recommends all women diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing, the Washington Post says.

In Science this week: comparison of modern, historical rabbit exomes uncovers parallel evolution after myxoma virus exposure; and more.