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Nov 15, 2005

PRIMER MOVER
Applied Biosystems contributed more than 400,000 PCR primer-pair designs for nearly 16,000 human genes for detection of DNA sequence variants associated with disease and other phenotypes. The primer sequences will be available through a probe database developed by the NCBI (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genome/probe).

FIGHT THE FLU
As reported in Nature, researchers from the Influenza Genome Sequencing Project have determined the full genetic sequence of more than 200 distinct strains of human influenza virus. The information, available in a public database,  is expected to help scientists better understand how flu viruses evolve, spread, and cause disease. Also, Acacia Research Corp. announced that its CombiMatrix Group has launched a comprehensive influenza DNA microarray as well as services for the typing of influenza strains, including H5N1 bird flu, using a protocol that requires less than four hours start to finish, according to the company.

FOLDED PROTEINS
Sigma-Aldrich launched Panorama Human Cancer Version 1 Protein Functional Microarray. Developed by Procognia Ltd. UK and licensed by Sigma, the microarray contains 130 correctly folded proteins.

 

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