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Agilent Technologies, Monash University create genomics centre in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Jan. 13, 2012
A new centre of excellence at Monash University Sunway campus in Malaysia will boost life sciences genomics research: Agilent Technologies.

Minett said the core of the project included sensitive and flexible DNA microarrays and the instruments and software to interpret them. "DNA microarrays are manufactured by Agilent using the same cutting-edge technology used in ink-jet printer nozzles to literally synthesise new DNA strands directly on a glass surface. Then these strands [or probes] are used in experiments to detect changes in the DNA such as gene copy number variations, or to monitor gene expression levels under various conditions."

"Agilent's SureScan microarray scanner provides the means to read information from these microarrays, enabling scientists and laboratory professionals in the new centre to leverage the latest tools for understanding the molecular-genetic basis of disease," said Minett.

Established in Malaysia in 1998, Monash University Sunway campus offers degrees in arts and social sciences, science, business, engineering, information technology, and medicine and health sciences.


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