Invitrogen this week announced the launch of the Premo halide sensor, a pharmacologically relevant sensor for functional studies of ligand- and voltage-gated chloride channels.
 
The sensor is based on a halide-sensitive form of Venus, the brightest available yellow fluorescent protein, according to the company. Users introduce the Premo halide sensor into cells of interest 24 hours ahead of the assay via BacMam technology, add iodide-containing buffer to the culture, and then add test compounds.

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