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MultiProbe II Nucleic Acid Normalization, rat array, Rosetta Luminator, OmniGrid, HiLight Array Detection System, Qiagen.

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PerkinElmer Life Sciences has introduced its MultiProbe II Nucleic Acid Normalization workstation for automated, high-throughput normalization of nucleic acid samples. The Boston-based company co-markets the system with Molecular Devices.

MWG Biotech of High Point, NC and Ebersberg, Germany has launched a rat array containing gene-specific probes representing 10,000 unique rat genes. In addition to the 5,535 genes from public databases, it presents another 4,105 genes from an in-house EST sequencing project.

Rosetta Biosoftware of Kirkland, Wash., and Agilent Technologies of Palo Alto, Calif., have introduced Rosetta Luminator, a client-server bioinformatics system for storing and analyzing microarray data. The system will be distributed exclusively by Agilent. Version 1.0 of Rosetta Luminator includes a subset of the features from the Rosetta Resolver system and can be upgraded to this system.

San Carlos, Calif.-based GeneMachines has launched its OmniGrid slides and reagents for microarray experiments, available with aldehyde, epoxy, or amine surfaces.

Genicon Sciences of San Diego has launched One-Color Microarray Toolkit, a signal generation and detection system for microarrays based on the company''s proprietary resonance light scattering (RLS) non-fluorescent technology. The kit is part of the HiLight Array Detection System, available through distribution partner Qiagen. RLS technology is based on the physical properties of nano-sized metallic particles which scatter light when illuminated.

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