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Gentel Biosciences, NuGen Technologies, Epicentre Biotechnologies, Asuragen

Gentel Biosciences this week launched its APiX Cancer Biomarker Array Kit.
The single-capture antibody microarray- and protein-labeling system measures the relative abundance of forty-seven human cancer-related proteins in eight serum samples simultaneously, Gentel said.
APiX uses PATH ultra-thin nitrocellulose film array slides. Each kit is priced at $1,300.

NuGen Technologies this week launched its WT-Ovation Exon Module, a new part of its sample-preparation offering that is designed to enable amplification of RNA for analysis using Affymetrix GeneChip Exon and Gene ST Arrays.
Users will now be able to transform as little as 100 picograms of total RNA into targets for hybridization, allowing them to process samples from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue; laser-captured, micro-dissected tissue; fine-needle aspirates; sorted cells; and frozen tissue.
Other components of NuGen’s sample-prep workflow include the WT-Ovation Pico or FFPE RNA Amplification Systems, and the FL-Ovation cDNA Biotin Module V2 for fragmentation and labeling of the cDNA targets.

Epicentre Biotechnologies this week launched its TargetAmp Nano-g Biotin-aRNA Labeling Kit for use with Illumina microarrays.
The kit produces microgram amounts of biotin-aRNA for hybridization to Illumina Expression BeadChips from as little as 25 nanograms of total RNA.

Asuragen recently upgraded its microRNA profiling services. Its DiscovArray miRNA Expression Profiling Service, initially launched in August, now requires as little as 50 nanograms of total RNA input. Previously, DiscovArray required 100 nanograms of total RNA input.
Additionally, Asuragen’s miRInform miRNA data packaging system — which provides normalized miRNA data in a DVD format to users — has been upgraded to support Agilent miRNA array data.

Asuragen is also now offering Applied Biosystems TaqMan Human v 1.0 miRNA Array as well as a miRNA-compatible sample preparation service for PAXgene blood samples.

The Scan

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.

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.