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March 12, 2007

Agilent announced a suite of new offerings around their metabolomics initiative including a Web site to include audiocasts of scientific talks, papers, and links; the new METLIN Personal Database used for the characterization of known metabolites; and a portfolio of metabolomics systems.

Microsoft and Thermo Fisher Scientific have joined in a working relationship to develop laboratory knowledge management solutions. Using Microsoft’s technology platform, Thermo Fisher will build easy-to-use software tools for laboratory productivity. The companies plan to supply customers with end-to-end solutions for data acquisitions storage and analysis.

The FDA has approved the first phase of a biomarker study to be conducted by BG Medicine and the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR). The Liver Toxicity Biomarker Study (LTBS) hopes to discover biomarkers of human hepatotoxicity in the pharmaceutical companies’ standard pre-clinical test. Participating companies include Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research, Mitsubishi Chemical, Orion, UCB, Sankyo, Eisai, and Applied Biosystems.

Scientists from the Broad Institute have released GSEA 2.0, an enhanced version of the Gene Set Enrichment Analysis tool that uses a multi-gene approach to extract accurate and meaningful information from DNA microarray data. The GSEA software detects changes in gene activity across the genome by relying on a public database of biologically defined “gene sets.”

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