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Beckman Coulter, Affymetrix

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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.