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Fujitsu s Biosciences Group, Caliper, Peakdale Molecular, Sigma-Aldrich, The Automation Partnership


Fujitsu's Biosciences Group has released the CellInjector automated microinjection system for large-scale direct injection of agents into cells for biochemical research.

The CellInjector is computer controlled, and comprises a glass capillary, moving X-Y platform, perforated silicon chip, digital camera, microscope, and computer controller. Fujitsu said that the product can be integrated into pre-existing robotic workflows.

Caliper has launched the Sciclone ALH 4000 Liquid Handling Workstation, the company said last week.

The ALH 4000 integrates and automated liquid handler with Caliper's Twister II microplate handler. The instrument features pre-programmed application templates for plate replication, serial dilution, assay set-up, hit picking, and DNA/RNA/protein purification.

Peakdale Molecular last week launched peakexplorer G5, the latest in its line of GPCR libraries.

The peakexplorer G5 is specifically designed, synthesized, and characterized for screening against aminergic GPCRs, Peakdale said. It is based on eight novel chemotypes, covering more than 1,200 compounds, and more than 6,000 purified and characterized drug-like compounds, Peakdale said.

Sigma-Aldrich recently announced that it has released new additions to its Mission TRC RNAi product line.

These additions bring the current number of vector constructs offered to 50,000, targeting 7,100 human and 2,900 mouse genes, the company said. The constructs are available as frozen bacterial glycerol stocks or transfection grade plasmid DNA, Sigma-Aldrich said.

The Automation Partnership last week said that it has introduced the CompacT SelecT automated laboratory cell culture system.

The company said the system has a footprint slightly larger than a standard Class II safety cabinet. The instrument automates cell culture processes via a small 6-axis anthropomorphic robot arm that automatically manipulates standard T-175 flasks under negative pressure laminar airflow. The system also operates with full barcode tracking to ensure a complete audit trail, TAP said. Compact Select also contains 10 separate pumps, which allows users to save time by dispensing a range of media and simultaneously culturing multiple cell lines, TAP said.

The Scan

Review of Approval Process

Stat News reports the Department for Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General is to investigate FDA's approval of Biogen's Alzheimer's disease drug.

Not Quite Right

A new analysis has found hundreds of studies with incorrect nucleotide sequences reported in their methods, according to Nature News.

CRISPR and mRNA Together

Time magazine reports on the use of mRNA to deliver CRISPR machinery.

Nature Papers Present Smartphone Platform for DNA Diagnosis of Malaria, Mouse Lines for Epigenomic Editing

In Nature this week: a low-cost tool to detect infectious diseases like malaria, and more.