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New Product Watch: Jun 28, 2011

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Asper Biotech has updated its Sensorineural Hearing Loss genetic test. The new version includes five additional genes – KCNQ4, TCM1, MYO15A, MYO7A, as well as 232kb deletion from the GJB6 gene [del(GJB6-D13S1854)].

The SNHL microarray now analyzes 11 genes – GJB2, GJB6, GJB3, SLC26A5, SLC26A4, MTNR1, MTTS1, KCNQ4, TCM1, MYO15A, MYO7A – and detects 246 mutations instead of 198 in the earlier version.


Fujifilm Dimatix last week introduced its DMP-5005 Materials Printer. The DMP-5005 is a large format, non-contact, fluid deposition system capable of jetting a range of fluid types using the Fujifilm Dimatix 16-jet, 1 or 10 picoliter user-fillable cartridges for product and process development and up to five sequentially operating 128-jet, 1 or 10 picoliter printheads with up to five different functional fluids.

The DMP-5005 has a printable area of 500 x 500 mm and maintains a positional accuracy and repeatability of 5 microns and 1 microns, respectively. The printer uses a temperature-controlled vacuum platen to maintain and thermally manage substrates during printing. These substrates can include plastic, glass, ceramics, and silicon, as well as flexible substrates ranging from membranes, gels, and thin films to paper products, according to the firm.

The printer also includes an integrated drop visualization system capable of capturing droplet formation images as droplet ejection parameters are adjusted to produce a tuned printhead and fluid combination. A second camera system enables users to measure pattern printing location features and observe fluid drying behavior.


BioForce Nanosciences recently launched ProCleaner Plus, a UV and ozone cleaning device designed to remove molecular levels of contamination from probes and surfaces.

The new ProCleaner Plus features a 25 percent larger UV lamp than the original ProCleaner for greater ozone production and faster cleaning, according to the firm. It also provides more even UV illumination for cleaning larger samples such as wafers, the company said.

The device can be used to clean and reuse surface-plasmon-resonance chips, quartz crystal microbalance sensors, and atomic force microscopy tips. It can also be used to remove organic contamination from imaging surfaces and calibration samples, and to oxidize silicon, glass, gold, and plastics. Additionally, the device can be used to sterilize small tools and surfaces, the firm said.

The Scan

And a Fourth?

A fourth dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in an Israeli study increased antibody levels but did not prevent Omicron variant infections, according to the Financial Times.

For Better Science Software

A virtual institute funded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt's philanthropy aims to lure software engineers to academia, Science reports.

Recommendation Explanations

The New York Times writes that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is straining to both make and explain decisions based on limited information.

Genome Research Papers on De Novo Mutation Rates, Polyploid Genotyping, Oncogene Epigenomic Translocation

In Genome Research this week: de novo mutations rates in hemoglobin subunits, analysis of variant calling methods for polyploid plants, and more.