Life science & clinical diagnostics instruments

Microbial database launched

08 March, 2006

A publicly-available microbial database tyo host a range of microbial genome sequences has been launched by researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech.

Growth opportunities for nucleic acid purification and amplification technologies

08 March, 2006 | Supplied by: Frost & Sullivan

The expiry of the Polymerase Chain Reaction Patent should foster the development of a range of innovative tests and kits and lead to a reduction in the costs of PCR reagents and instrumentation

Viruses may be key to animal background

07 March, 2006

The University of Auckland's Faculty of Science's Dr Alexei Drummond has been part of a global research team analysing the genetic sequences of viruses in animals.

Application to characterise structure of DNA molecules

03 March, 2006

An application to enable more precise measurement of the location of a fluorescent label in a DNA layer has been developed by a team of researchers from Boston University in the US.

Laboratory diagnosis of anthrax

16 February, 2006

The Food and Drug Administration has reviewed Idaho Technology's 510(k) application and cleared the Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System (JBAIDS) for use as an aid in the laboratory of diagnosis of anthrax. The JBAIDS Anthrax Detection System can detect the gene components of Bacillus anthracis in a variety of environmental sample types, and also clinical blood samples as well as cultured organisms.

Foetal sex diagnosis from cervical mucus

16 February, 2006

Blackwell Publishing, in partnership with Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (RANZCOG) has released a study on foetal sex diagnosis.

Ovarian cancer diagnostic test

13 February, 2006

Proteome Systems has announced a collaboration with Prince Henry's Institute Medical Research (PHIMR) to combine their IP and expertise in ovarian cancer for the discovery and development of novel diagnostic markers.

Detection of influenza and avian flu virus

08 February, 2006

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Cell harvesting and blood separation

08 February, 2006 | Supplied by:

Beckman Coulter has introduced an adapter that spins 50 mL conical tubes in the Allegra X-15R and X-12 Series benchtop centrifuges. The adapter accommodates 28 tubes per run in a BioCertified, self-balancing rotor and is suitable for cell harvesting and blood separation applications. The adapter runs at up to 5250 x g in the Aries 4 x 750 mL self-balancing rotor, which detects and automatically corrects for imbalance, continuing the run without shutdown.

Gene knockout vectors

08 February, 2006 | Supplied by: Merck

Sigma-Aldrich has introduced TargeTron vectors designed for use with the TargeTron gene knockout system. The vectors enhance the capabilities and increase the flexibility of the system providing researchers with a targeted method to knock out multiple genes in prokaryotic organisms, to generate knockouts without using selection or by using removable selection and to produce knockouts in organisms lacking a source of T7 RNA polymerase.

RNAi services

02 February, 2006

Invitrogen and genOway have signed a co-marketing agreement around RNAi related services. Under the terms of the agreement, Invitrogen and genOway will combine Invitrogen's expertise in RNAi research technologies with genOway's portfolio of transgenesis technologies and RNAi in vivo experience to create a services platform offering RNAi vector design through the creation of RNAi transgenic rodent models.

Genetic fingerprint unmasks microbial vandals

17 January, 2006

For the first time DNA analysis can identify paper-degrading microorganisms. This is made possible by a molecular process developed for fungal infected documents at the University of Vienna with support from the Austrian Science Fund FWF.

Plate planning

16 January, 2006 | Supplied by: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Electron has achieved greater speed and efficiency in data archiving and plate planning with version 7.0 of Nautilus LIMS, the company's laboratory information management system for early stage discovery in biotechnology research and discovery.

Genome-wide RNAi library with cellular screening system

16 January, 2006 | Supplied by:

Xantos Biomedicine AG and Qiagen have announced their partnership for co-marketing Qiagen's proprietary TOM-amidite chemistry-based genome-wide RNAi products with Xantos' automated cell-based screening platform, XantoScreen. By combining the capabilities of both companies' platforms users will be able to rapidly perform gene analysis and unravel the function and role of genes that are relevant to their area of interest.

Disease-specific assays

16 January, 2006 | Supplied by:

HealthLinx has entered into a collaboration with Bruker Daltonics, which will focus on technology transfer and cooperation between the two firms to develop disease-specific assays for use in in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) research and clinical trials using Bruker Daltonics' ClinProt platform technology for clinical proteomics.

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