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New Products: Agilent's SureDesign Software, Scienion's SciLiner Dispenser


Agilent Technologies this week introduced an enhanced version of its SureDesign software.

Customers can now design comparative genomic hybridization, chromatin immunoprecipitation, and DNA methylation microarrays using the tool, Agilent said. They can also design arrays in eight different formats and query six different genomic databases to select content for their arrays.

The new version of SureDesign replaces three older eArray applications. Agilent said that eArray user data have been transferred to the new software. Agilent customers also use SureDesign to build next-generation sequencing target enrichment libraries for its SureSelect and HaloPlex systems.

Scienion this week introduced SciLiner, an instrument for printing lines of biological materials onto membrane substrates.

Created for the point-of-care market, Berlin-based Scienion claims the new SciLiner allows for the online monitoring of drop formation and offers integrated drop volume measuring, "important features when sensitive biological materials such as antigens, antibodies or DNA are deposited on substrates used in the diagnostics industry."

The non-contact dispenser loads all membranes and flat targets with a size of up to 150 mm x 300 mm. SciLiner prints up to four channels. It can be operated in either aspirate dispense or bulk dispense modes to produce continuous lines with a width from 0.5 mm to 5 mm, Scienion said.