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SNP Database Now Available to Genomics Researchers

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 18 Aug 2010
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Advanced genomics researchers now have access to collections comprising up to 7.4 million single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that can be used to assemble microarrays containing from 50,000 to 2.6 million SNPs.

Access to this unprecedented collection of genomic material is through the Affymetrix Inc. (Santa Clara, CA, USA) Axiom Genomic Database. This collection of validated common and rare SNPs includes 7.4 million SNPs from the 1000 Genomes Project, the International HapMap Project, and other sources.

Investigators can also combine SNPs from their own sequencing projects and other sources with Affymetrix' validated SNPs to design arrays with up to 2.6 million SNPs. In the near future, this capability will expand to support custom array designs containing more than 5 million SNPs. Investigators working with the Affymetrix Genome Database will receive design support and expertise from the Affymetrix team of bioinformatics scientists to ensure streamlined SNP selection and intelligently designed arrays that fulfill the objectives of their study.

"As the needs of human disease research evolve with the rapid expansion of available markers, customization, and flexibility have become increasingly important,” said Kevin King, president and CEO of Affymetrix. "Researchers want to design studies to optimize their ability to answer key biological questions. Axiom Custom Genotyping Arrays enable them to do this with a wide range of formats, relevant content, and high-quality data to expedite their disease association studies.”

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