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Bio-Rad Laboratories of Hercules, Calif., has received US Patent No. 7,661,593, "Moving coil actuator with expandable range of motion." The patent claims a coiled electrical conductor and a magnet assembly with magnetic poles separated by a gap large enough to receive the coiled conductor and to allow the conductor to move in a reciprocating manner. The described coil is mounted to a carrier and is connected to a power source that produces an electric current of alternating direction through the coil.

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