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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

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.