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New Product Watch: Mar 8, 2011

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Anagnostics recently launched the latest generation of its Hyborg system. The Austrian firm said the upgraded system includes "more intuitive" control and analysis software, as well as "easier handling" of assays.

The Hyborg system supports Anagnostics' cylindrical Hybcell arrays. The system includes a thermal cycler, a hybridization station, and a scanner.


Asper Biotech has updated its congenital stationary night blindness genetic test. The new version includes two additional genes – GRK1 and TRPM1, associated with CSNB. The Estonian fim's CSNB microarray now covers the analysis of 11 genes – RHO, PDE6B, GNAT1, CABP4, GRM6, SAG, NYX, CACNA1F, CACNA2D, GRK1, TRPM1 – and detects 159 mutations. The previous version of the test detected 126 mutations.

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