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New Product Watch: Feb 24, 2009


GWC Technologies this week introduced dual-channel array imaging for its label-free analysis platform.

The dual-channel capability is built on the company’s SPRimager II array system. It combines an upgraded instrument, the SPRimager II-D, with a new dual-channel flow cell.

According to GWC, users can now image multiple molecular interactions for two different analytes in parallel; multiple molecular interactions for two concentrations of the same analyte simultaneously; and adsorption of surface layers from organic or aqueous solutions, using the second channel as a control for the unmodified surface.

BioTrove this week launched its OpenArray DLP Real-Time qPCR platform, providing a licensed high-density qPCR platform for use with customers' TaqMan chemistries.

BioTrove said the platform enables a method for profiling miRNAs, detecting pathogens, validating microarray results, and performing expression-based biomarker screens — applications evaluated, with significant success, by BioTrove's broad animal and human health customer base.

Stone Bond Technologies this week introduced MicroLIMS, an online software as a service solution for microarray core laboratories that complements Stone Bond's EE-LIMS product for life sciences.

According to Stone Bond, MicroLIMS is a comprehensive data management and business process automation solution designed for microarray core laboratories. It enables laboratory personnel to access secure data and share critical research results among specified individuals and organizations.

Stone Bond said that MicroLIMS will be available in 4 to 6 weeks as a subscription-based service.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.