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Bar Harbor BioTechnology, Scienion, Biolog

Bar Harbor BioTechnology this week launched The Perfect Circle suite of products, which include its GeneSieve bioinformatics, StellArray real-time PCR arrays, and Global Pattern Recognition Bioanalysis applications.
Bar Harbor said that when used together, the three products allow scientists to perform gene expression research in a cost-effective manner that eliminates the need to pre-select normalizer genes and increases the sensitivity to significant expression changes in experimental samples.

Scienion this week launched its sciFlexarrayer S100 high-throughput array and biosensor production instrument. The S100 meets the high-throughput production requirements of common bioarray formats like microtiter plates, slides, wafers and of biosensors, the company said.
According to Scienion, the S100 enables users to process individually favored array formats and the system is scalable for production volumes. Compared to the firm’s existing sciFlexarrayer products, the S100 offers substrate carriers that are moved to the dispense heads mounted on its portals via a conveyor. This modular design enables customized solutions and automated production.

Biolog said last week that its Phenotype MicroArray product line can now enable nearly 1,500 simultaneous phenotypic assays of human and other mammalian cells. Biolog’s PM line previously could only enable 400 potential energy producing pathways of cells.
According to Biolog, scientists can now use PM for nitrogen metabolism, ion, hormone, metabolic effector, and cytotoxic anti-cancer drug assays. The assays for nitrogen, ion, and hormone metabolic effects extend the scope of Biolog's core focus by providing assays to assess important aspects of cellular metabolism, while the assays for cytotoxic chemicals expand the assay technology into areas of basic and applied cancer research, toxicology, and chemical biology.
PM assays can be used with cell lines as well as with primary cells and do not require any modification or derivation of the cell lines, Biolog said.

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.