Agilent Technologies Releases Probe Sequence, Annotation Information for All Its Commercial Gene Expression Microarrays.PALO ALTO Palo Alto, city, California
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See: New York Stock Exchange :A) today announced that it has for the first time released the chip design, probe sequence and annotation information for all of its microarrays. The release of this information is expected to improve cross-laboratory experimental research and cross-platform data comparison.
"Full release of the probe sequences is an admirable and responsible position for Agilent to take," said Catherine Ball, president of the Microarray Gene Expression Data (MGED MGED Microarray Gene Expression Data
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This announcement is being made in conjunction with the extensive release of microarray experimental data into the public domain by the National Toxicology Program National Toxicology Program Environment A program that conducts toxicologic tests on substances frequently found at the EPA's National Priorities List sites, which have the greatest potential for human exposure . Icoria Inc., under its contract with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is one of 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH),which is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Director of the NIEHS is Dr. David A. Schwartz. (NIEHS NIEHS National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH, DHHS) ), has been using Agilent microarrays to perform thousands of experiments to profile chemical effects on biological systems, thereby creating a vast resource of gene expression responses to chemical toxicants. The data will eventually be made available through the NIEHS National Center of Toxicogenomics' Chemical Effects on Biological Systems (CEBS CEBS Committee of European Banking Supervisors
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"The NIEHS National Center for Toxicogenomics is very pleased that Agilent has released the probe sequences for its gene expression microarrays to the public domain," said Michael Waters, Ph.D., assistant director for database development of the NCT NCT National Childbirth Trust
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The microarray design and probe sequence information is now available on Agilent's eArray web portal at earray.chem.agilent.com. On the same site, customers can examine the content of Agilent-manufactured commercial microarrays and design their own custom microarrays. Agilent-manufactured microarrays are based on the industry-standard 1" x 3" slide format, making them readily and easily accessible to any researchers who want to achieve a high degree of sensitivity and precision in their experiments.
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