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Sep 27, 2006

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Affymetrix Initiate Research Collaboration

  • Affymetrix entered into a five-year collaboration with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia, to analyze genomic information across large patient samples. Under terms of the agreement, Peter Mac researchers will use Affymetrix’ GeneChip® microarray technology for translational research projects, beginning with studies on ovarian cancer and carcinoma of unknown primaries.

    The Affymetrix technology will enable them to more rapidly discover RNA and DNA patterns that can better classify, manage, and treat complex diseases.

    “We are keen to help our collaborators across Australia gain access to Affymetrix technology, as we continue to develop as a major center for cancer genomics and genetics,” says David Bowtell, Ph.D., director of research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. “We also see the program providing opportunities to interact with other centers worldwide that are involved in translational research.”



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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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