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Applied Biosystems, Bruker Daltonics, Eppendorf, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory


Applied Biosystems will launch its 3130 and 3130xl Genetic Analyzers for low- to medium-throughput laboratories this week at the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in Toronto. The new analyzers replace the ABI Prism 3100 and 3100-Avant Genetic Analyzers. The new analyzers provide enhanced automation, faster turnaround times, higher reliability, and higher data quality than previous-generation technologies, ABI said. The 3130 analyzer is a four-capillary system, and the 3130xl analyzer is a 16-capillary system.

ABI also said that it intends to launch next year a new 4-K human linkage mapping set for its SNPlex genotyping system, which will run on both its 3130 series genetic analyzers and 3730 DNA analyzers.

According to the company, the new linkage mapping set is a high-density, SNP-based solution for family-based linkage analysis.

Bruker Daltonics and Eppendorf have introduced the Prespotted AnchorChip, a second-generation disposable AnchorChip MALDI target for gel-based and LC-MALDI-based expression proteomics. The AnchorChip comes in a 384-sample microtiter plate format with additional 96 calibrant spots and eliminates any cross-contamination from previous samples, eliminates laborious calibration spot preparation, and significantly reduces sample preparation time, the partners said.

Bruker also announced the introduction of its Ultraflex II MALDI-TOF and TOF/TOF mass spectrometer. According to Bruker, the new mass spectrometer offers advancements in sensitivity, resolution, and mass accuracy. The firm introduced both the Ultraflex II and Prespotted AnchorChip at the Human Proteomics Organization Conference in Beijing.

HapMap data release 12 is now available from the HapMap Data Coordination Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory at The release contains 752,208 genotype sets from the 90 CEPH-panel samples.