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BD Biosciences of Palo Alto, Calif., introduced NuceloSpin Multi-8, a nucleic acid purification kit for purifying genomic DNA from 200 microliter samples of whole blood, plasma, serum or other fluids. The kits are designed to quickly process samples without phenolchloroform extraction and take less than 30 minutes for DNA purification.

PerkinElmer Life Sciences introduced three products. The company rolled out MultiProbe II Genomics Workstation, a sample preparation tool for DNA sequencing and microarray production. The system allows full automation for plasmid DNA purification, total and poly(A) RNA isolation, genomic DNA extraction, PCR cleanup, and sequencing reaction cleanup. Also, PerkinElmer rolled out the MultiProbe II Protein Purification Workstation and MultiProbe II Proteomics Platform.

Sigma-Genosys of The Woodlands, Texas, is offering three genome oligonucleotide collections for gene expression profiling — zebrafish, B. subtilis, and an E. coli library. The Zebrafish and b. subtilis offerings include 16,000 and 4,000 65mer oligo probes, respectively, while the E. coli library will represent the entire K12 genome as well as two sequences of the pathogenic 0157 strain.

Tm Bioscience of Toronto rolled out the Tag-it Mutation Detection Kits, its initial genetic testing products, based on the company’s Tm Universal Array technology. The company is offering a product for coagulation testing for Factor V Leiden, Factor II (prothrombin) and the two most common mutations in the MTHFR gene, which will be available as a test for Factor V Leiden and Factor II only, and as a test for Factor V Leiden only.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.