Applied Precision has introduced a new automated version of its microarray scanner, the arrayWoRxe Auto Biochip Reader. The new reader, which has a 25-slide cassette, is designed for high-volume users, such as core facilities, that need to scan arrays with high resolution. The system allows a batch load to be scanned overnight unattended and for the analysis of one slide while others are still being scanned. The user can select unique parameters for each slide, including channel intensity balance, scan area, wavelength selection, and resolution settings.The system is designed to scan glass slides as well as beads, tissue arrays, photolithographic arrays and protein arrays with up to 89 fluorescent dyes, and can collect up to four wavelengths per slide, in ranges from ultraviolet to near infrared. It has been tested by scientists at MIT’s BioMicro Center as a quality control tool for slides spotted at the center.
StrataGene and microarray informatics company Iobion Informatics are hosting seminars on microarray analysis and quantitative PCR (QPCR) in Europe. The seminar dates are May 14 in Evry, France; May 16 in Heidelberg, Germany; and May 21 in London, UK. To register for the seminars, go to www.iobion.com/news/news.html.