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New Product Watch: May 18, 2010


Fluidigm this week launched its FC1 Cycler. The firm said the thermo cycler will reduce the thermal cycling time by a factor of three when compared with its current products, and will reduce system configuration costs for customers conducting high sample throughput SNP genotyping since they will need fewer thermal cyclers to achieve their output requirements.

According to Fluidigm, the cycler is compatible with its 96.96 and 48.48 Dynamic Array integrated fluidic circuits, and its 12.765 Digital Array IFC. The FC1 Cycler, combined with the company's EP1 Reader or BioMark real-time PCR system, can complete the entire workflow of the system in a matter of hours with only minutes of hands-on time for loading the chips, Fluidigm said. It previously took customers days of hands-on time and weeks of effort to complete this volume of work using traditional 384-well plates, the firm added.

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.