Life science & clinical diagnostics instruments

Plates for robotic handling

07 July, 2006 | Supplied by: In Vitro Technologies Pty Ltd

The Nunc 1536-Well High Base Plates are designed for high throughput screening laboratories. The plate's height provides a large area for secure plate gripping by automated systems and for applying barcode labels. These plates are suitable for cell culture analysis or assays involving luminescence, fluorescence or colorimetric reactions.


Dual mode gene expression microarray platform

07 July, 2006 | Supplied by: http://www.agilent.com/

Agilent Technologies has launched a dual-mode, one-colour/two-colour microarray platform, offering researchers flexibility and performance for gene expression research.


Blood test for mesothelioma

07 July, 2006 | Supplied by: http://www.vitaldiagnostics.com

The Fujirebio Diagnostics Mesomark is an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the quantitative measurement of soluble mesothelin-related pepties (SMRP) in human serum.


Amino acid analyser

07 July, 2006 | Supplied by: http://www.scientifix.com.au/

The Hitachi L8900 series dedicated amino acid analyser boasts refinements for fast analysis with high detection limits. Improvements include new hardware, a more efficient pump and a re-engineered direct injection auto sampler, all complemented by the powerful and user-friendly EZChrom chromatography data system.


Live cell manipulator

07 July, 2006 | Supplied by: http://www.antcomponents.com.au/

Laser tweezers are non-contact tools that use light to trap, move and fuse particles, cells or organisms. An infrared laser beam is focused through an objective lens to create an intense optical radiation field. The resulting photon pressure at the surface of the particle or cell enables the operator to move the cells at will, sorting, separating or collecting the cells as required. By combining the system with an ultraviolet laser, cells can be cut free of surrounding structures enabling micro dissection. Where two cells have been trapped by the laser tweezers, the ultraviolet laser can be used to cut the cell membranes allowing the cells to fuse together. A similar process enables operators to insert particles into the cell, for example fluorescent beads, or to perform targeted transfection into the cells of DNA or proteins.


Collaboration to accelerate biomedical discovery using siRNA library

25 May, 2006

An alliance between Dharmacon and 14 international research centres have announced their progress towards their fundamental goal of developing internationally accepted standards for conducting research using the first complete siRNA library.


Sex keeps your genome clean

08 May, 2006

When sexual species reproduce asexually, they accumulate bad mutations at an increased rate, report two Indiana University evolutionary biologists. The researchers used the model species Daphnia pulex, or water flea, for their studies


Using proteomic MS for virus identification

11 April, 2006

Scientists have used mass spectrometry for decades to determine the chemical composition of samples but rarely has it been used to identify viruses, and never in complex environmental samples.


Microtitre plate washer

07 April, 2006 | Supplied by: BEST Lab Instrumentation Pty Ltd

The Atlantis microtitre plate washer from ASYS Hitech (Austria) has automated and affordable aspiration and dispensing facilities for 96 or 384 well plate analysis to suit all laboratories using microtitre plates for routine assays.


Drug target screening panels

07 April, 2006 | Supplied by: Applied Biosystems Pty Ltd

Applied Biosystems has introduced four gene signature panels as part of its TaqMan low density array range for real-time PCR applications.


Multiple vial analysis

07 April, 2006 | Supplied by: http://www.foss.dk/

The MultiVial analyser features automated reflectance analysis of a ray of multiple vials. The tray is loaded and inserted into the machine and the movable (X-Y) sampling mechanism analyses each vial.


Gene knockout vectors

07 April, 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.


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.


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