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Microfluidics maker Fluidigm has signed a collaboration with Axon Instruments to develop a cell capture and manipulation microfluidics chip for drug discovery, the company said.

BioArray Solutions, Vysis

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BioArray Solutions, of Piscataway, NJ, received US Patent Number 6,251,691 for a method of assembling biomolecules on a flat surface using light-controlled electrokinetic forces.

With a newly granted patent and a newly published article validating its protein binding technology, Lexington, Mass.-based Phylos is readying to attack the protein chip market.

University of Alabama researcher David Allison is organizing a retreat using a $409,000 Research Coordination Network (RCN) grant he just received from the National Science Foundation to form a national microarray data analysis research network.

To tackle the mountain of issues involved in microarray data analysis, David Allison, a biostatistician from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is bringing together a diverse group of researchers for a retreat at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY, from September 10 through 13.

Qiagen has signed on Aventis Pharma as its first technology access partner for its new ZeptoGene Workstation microarray platform.

PATENT WATCH: Jun 29, 2001

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Qiagen was awarded US Patent Number 6,248,521 for a method of amplifying oligonucleotides onto a flat substrate such as a glass slide or silicon wafer.

Bio-Aware of Chaumont-Gistoux, Belgium has launched BioArchitect, a new bioinformatics software for designing microarrays.

Charlotte Clark, David Allison.

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Biocept of Carlsbad, Calif., has appointed Charlotte Clark as its chief business officer and executive vice president.

AT A GLANCE •Director of the General Clinical Research Center’s Core Molecular Biology and Genomics Laboratory at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital; •Co-Chair of the Association of Biomolecular Research Facilities (ABRF) microarray research group;

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Nature News reports that genomics is being applied to trace and try to prevent additional COVID-19 waves.

Rady's Children Hospital and San Diego County are teaming up to test pediatric patients and their families for COVID-19 to gauge the spread of the virus locally, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Wildlife managers aim to boost the genetic diversity of Mexican gray wolves by placing captive-born foster pups into packs with similarly aged wild pups, the Mercury News reports.

In Science this week: Genetic Probability tool identifies likely diagnoses in 45 percent of inflammatory arthritis cases, and more.