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Schott-Nexterion, Caliper Life Sciences

Schott-Nexterion this week launched its Nexterion Slide NC, a nitrocellulose-coated slide for protein microarrays developed with Sartorius Stedim.
According to Schott, the Nexterion Slide NC offers “excellent spot morphology” and is compatible with contact and non-contact microarray printers.
Recommended applications include use in antibody sandwich and reverse phase arrays, protein binder arrays, and lectin and glyocoprotein arrays.

Caliper Life Sciences last week launched its High-Throughput RNA assay for assessing the concentration, integrity and overall quality of purified RNA samples.
The assay runs in a microfluidic chip format on Caliper's LabChip 90 instrument and is capable of measuring the integrity of purified RNA samples prior to using them for applications such as microarray analysis or quantitative transcript analysis using real-time PCR, Caliper claims.
In combination with the LabChip 90 instrument and high-throughput analysis software, the new HT RNA assay provides full walk away automation for up to 300 samples per day, resulting in time and cost savings for customers involved in high-throughput gene-expression studies.

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