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Arcturus, Beckman Coulter


Arcturus of Mountain View, Calif., has introduced its HistoGene LCM Frozen Section Staining Kit to prepare frozen tissue sections for laser capture microdissection (LCM). The HistoGene kit includes dehydration and a proprietary staining solution, slide jars and specially coated glass slides, as well as a protocol. The kit is designed to work with the company’s PixCell II Laser Capture Microdissection System and to provide consistent preparation of samples from selected cells, Arcturus said. More information can be found at the company’s website,


Beckman Coulter has introduced a new software program for automating DNA quantitation and normalization in 96- and 384-well formats. The program, which works with the company’s Biomek FX Liquid Handling System, is designed around a query-based interface. This program can reduce the time to set up the quantitation process to two minutes, the company said, and can normalize in under seven minutes in a 96-well format and under 20 minutes in a 384-well format. The system also includes a built-in data collector that can read the DNA sample concentrations in the standard plates using a Spectramax 190 or Fluostar Galaxy reader, and then transfers the data to an Excel spreadsheet to calculate normalization. A normalization wizard then generates the Biomek FX method to automatically pipette well-by-well in order to create a normalized copy of the sample plate, according to the company.

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US Booster Eligibility Decision

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Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.