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Bio-Rad Laboratories this week released its Gene Pulser MXcell electroporation system.
 
The MXcell system is designed for researchers working with mammalian cells — in particular, primary cells, stem cells, or other difficult-to-transfect cells.
 
The MXcell system is fully programmable and can deliver up to 24 different electroporation protocols in a single 96-well plate in two minutes or less. 
 
The MXcell system features disposable 12-, 24- and 96-well plates offering options for high-throughput, replicated optimization, and multiple lab-scale transfections in a single plate. The software has gradient programming and pre-set optimization protocols for rapid plate set-up.
 

 
Nikon this week said that it will launch its Ti Series platform on Nov. 3 at the annual Neuroscience conference in San Diego.
 
The company said that the Ti platform is available in three models and combines rapid system speed with a flexible design incorporating capabilities including confocal, TIRF, fluorescence, and Nikon’s patented Perfect Focus System into an integrated unit.
 
According to the company, the Ti-E is the first microscope system to incorporate optimized synchronized switching. All component parts, including PFS, are integrated within a central hub and controlled through Nikon’s NIS elements software.   
 
The Ti-S and Ti-U derivatives are appropriate for researchers requiring less advanced systems with a lower level of integration, and are specifically indicated for use in more routine laboratory work, such as tissue culture, the manufacturer said. 

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