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Beckman Coulter this week launched its Agencourt FormaPure system, for the extraction of DNA and RNA from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue samples.

The company said the system can be automated on the Beckman Coulter Biomek NX Span-8 Laboratory Automation Workstation to process 96 samples in four hours.

Agencourt FormaPure also incorporates Beckman's Agencourt Solid Phase Reversible Immobilization paramagnetic bead-based nucleic acid purification technology, and does not require organic solvents, vacuum filtration or centrifugation steps, the firm said.


Affymetrix this week launched its Affymetrix UserForum, an online magazine featuring weekly updates on new company technology, analyses, services, and training.

According to Affy, the UserForum will offer articles, interviews, and live web talks with interactive question-and-answer sessions. Topics covered include software tools, third-party providers, and collaboration updates, the company said.

The Scan

Removal Inquiry

The Wall Street Journal reports that US lawmakers are seeking additional information about the request to remove SARS-CoV-2 sequence data from a database run by the National Institutes of Health.

Likely to End in Spring

Free lateral flow testing for SARS-CoV-2 may end in the UK by next spring, the head of Innova Medical Group says, according to the Financial Times.

Searching for More Codes

NPR reports that the US Department of Justice has accused an insurance and a data mining company of fraud.

Genome Biology Papers on GWAS Fine-Mapping Method, COVID-19 Susceptibility, Rheumatoid Arthritis

In Genome Biology this week: integrative fine-mapping approach, analysis of locus linked to COVID-19 susceptibility and severity, and more.