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New Product Watch: Jan 25, 2011

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NanoString Technologies this week expanded its microRNA product line with a multiplexed assay for profiling the mouse miRNA transcriptome.

The nCounter Mouse miRNA Expression Assay Kit enables researchers to perform multiplexed profiling of more than 600 murine and murine-associated viral miRNAs in a single tube on the firm's nCounter Analysis System.

The firm claims the assay supports direct digital detection and counting of miRNAs at single-base resolution, without the need for amplification. Seattle-based NanoString launched a human miRNA expression assay kit last year.


Tecan has launched its HydroSpeed plate washer. The system is optimized for washing cells, beads and enzyme-linked immunosorbant assays in 96- and 384-well formats. According to Tecan, the HydroSpeed offers control over wash parameters via an touchscreen interface, with drop-wise dispensing and tunable aspiration settings.

Other features include cell protection settings that support the washing of adherent and loosely adherent cells; anti­clogging settings that automatically rinse and soak the wash head when the system is idle between runs; and an exchange system that allows removal and replacement of wash heads for ultrasonic cleaning.

The HydroSpeed can be used with Tecan's Connect plate stacker for the semi-automated processing of up to 50 plates, or integrated into a Freedom Evo liquid-handling platform to offer fully automated processing for cell-, bead- and ELISA-based assay workflows, the firm said.


TriLink BioTechnologies has launched its CleanAmp 7-deaza-dGTP kit for the PCR amplification of GC-rich sequences.

According to the San Diego firm, when DNA targets high in GC-content are amplified, PCR product formation can often be compromised by inadequate strand separation and the propensity for complex secondary structure formation. TriLink now provides CleanAmp 7-deaza-dGTP individually for amplification of routine GC-rich targets. It also sells its CleanAmp 7-deaza-dGTP Mix for more challenging targets with higher GC-content.

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.