Life science & clinical diagnostics instruments

Blowing in the wind: gene patents

30 September, 2004

The victory of biotechnology giant Monsanto over Canadian farmer Mr Percy Schmeiser in the Supreme Court of Canada has sent a powerful message to Australian farmers - not just about GM crops, but about all plant technologies, according to ANU law expert Dr Matthew Rimmer.

Genetic basis for metabolic diseases detected

26 September, 2004

Oxford geneticists have closed in on the genetic basis for risk factors of metabolic diseases such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes.

Maybe not a 'pox on you'

23 September, 2004

A breakthrough in identifying the mechanisms that control mousepox could pave the way to better protection against the use of smallpox by terrorists.

Osteoarthritis measuring tool

20 September, 2004

Researchers from Monash University's Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine are claiming to have revolutionised knee scans with the development of technology that harnesses the power of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Two-dimensional protein mapping

16 August, 2004 | Supplied by:

ProteoSep technology from Eprogen enables comprehensive mapping of complex protein mixtures using a combination of chromatofocusing and hydrophobic reverse phase chemistries together with visualisation software.

Microplate reader

16 August, 2004 | Supplied by:

Molecular Devices has developed FlexStation, a scanning microplate reader and fluidics transfer workstation that allows users to obtain real-time kinetic data milliseconds before and after fluid transfer events. The ability to perform microplate-to-microplate transfers, prompt kinetic reads and multi-wavelength detection options offers flexibility for drug discovery or research efforts.

Dolphin-View gel documentation system

16 August, 2004 | Supplied by: SciTech Pty Ltd

The Dolphin-View image system for basic gel documentation is a standalone system that includes compact darkroom large built-in LCD monitor, on-screen touch panel, built-in operation software, 3.5" floppy disk, Epi-white light, 312 nm UV transilluminator and Dolphin-View band tool analysis software.

Fast DNA extraction

16 August, 2004 | Supplied by:

Sigma-Aldrich has introduced a tissue PCR kit that contains reagents to rapidly extract genomic DNA from tissue or cells and amplify targets of interest by PCR. Extract-N-Amp Tissue PCR kit (Product number XNAT) offers a single-step extraction of tissue genomic DNA in less than 15 minutes.

Bacteria used to bolster ancient buildings

03 August, 2004

Micro-organisms thriving in polluted urban areas are held largely responsible for the crumbling of cultural heritage sites worldwide. Now, scientists from the University of Portsmouth, England, are looking at ways to reverse the trend and put some of the bacteria to good use.

Electrophoresis system

14 July, 2004 | Supplied by:

The Cambrex Reliant FastLane Gel System can be used to analyse PCR products. DNA fragments from 10 bp to 10 kb can be resolved accurately in as little as 15 minutes.

Secrets of chromosome 13 revealed

17 June, 2004

Researchers have completed the sequencing of human chromosome 13 - with some surprising results. Among the genes identified using the sequence of chromosome 13 are those that can dispose to breast cancer (BRCA2) as well as regions associated with schizophrenia and one containing a gene implicated in asthma.

Cell attachment

15 June, 2004

Corning's CellBind Active Surface is a novel and proprietary, non-biological, non-chemical, optimised surface treatment for better attachment and growth of anchorage-dependent cells.

Fighting sheep worms with genomics

18 May, 2004

Leading-edge technology is being used by two CSIRO Livestock Industries' research teams to identify genes that enable sheep to resist intestinal parasites.

PCR reaction vessels

15 May, 2004

The Life Sciences Division of Corning has introduced an improved line of disposable PCR products.

Limiting 'noise' in 2D gels

08 January, 2004

2D gel electrophoresis (2DE) is a scientific technique that is a cornerstone of proteomics research. 2DE has evolved dramatically both in terms of the number of scientists utilising the technique and how it is applied within their research

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