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BD Biosciences said last week that it has officially launched the CARV II Confocal Imager.

According to BD, the imager delivers high-resolution CCD confocal imaging in an optical package that can be attached to new or existing microscopes. High-speed multi-pinhole confocal scanning and high quantum efficiency CCD cameras allows recording of images at up to 100 frames per second, BD said. The imager uses a long-life arc lamp excitations source, which allows for confocal imaging from 360 nm to 700 nm. The instrument also offers automation of fluorescence recovery after photobleaching applications, BD said.


Genetix has released ECOS Competent Cells for fast, single-step cell transformation, the company said last week.

The protocol takes just under one minute from addition of DNA to plating, Genetix said, compared with more than 60 minutes using traditional techniques. The product comes in formats to support different throughput levels, and includes single tubes and 12-by-8 tube strips. It also supports full automation on most robotic systems via hard shell 96-well PCR plates, the company said.

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