Swedish biotechnology company Cellectricon is working on a high-throughput instrument to transfect cells via electroporation, as well as to assay them, Inside Bioassays has learned.

The instrument, called Cellaxess, is scheduled to be launched in the first half of 2005, according to Owe Orwar, Cellectricon’s CSO and a company co-founder. Orwar also said that Cellectricon is about to begin beta-testing the instrument at two large, undisclosed pharmaceutical companies in Europe.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.