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SciGene, Roche NimbleGen, GE Healthcare

SciGene this week launched its Mai Tai Hybridization System, a new microarray slide hybridization system that incubates four slide microarrays at once.
The Mai Tai System consists of a two-piece cassette that seals up to four Agilent gasket slide microarray assemblies. After loading samples and sealing, cassettes are rotated during incubation using a SciGene Model 777 Microarray Oven that provides “bubble mixing” of the sample.
Up to eight cassettes holding 32 slides can be rotated simultaneously, the company said. The Mai Tai cassette has a microplate footprint for compatibility with robotic liquid handling systems and is sealed after sample loading without the use of tools.

Roche NimbleGen this week launched its NimbleGen Sequence Capture technology for scientists interested in selecting targeted regions of the genome for high-throughput sequencing.
The new technology will initially be offered as a service and enables researchers to easily and rapidly capture up to five million targeted bases from the human or mouse genomes, the company said. Roche NimbleGen plans to make NimbleGen Sequence Capture arrays and related reagents and instruments available in the future.

GE Healthcare last week launched Biacore T100 software version 2. The software is intended for use with the Biacore T100 label-free protein interaction analysis system to enable calibration-free concentration analysis of proteins. Version 2 allows users to measure protein concentration without the need for a standard, GE said.
The new software also reduces time spent on the development of kinetic analysis assays through the single-cycle kinetics function. Additionally, data evaluation has been improved to enable the simultaneous analysis of multiple samples, supported by inbuilt QC functions/tools.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.