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MediaCybernetics AFA 5.0 Plug-In Module, Image-Pro Plus, and Image-Pro Discovery, Dharmacon s RNAi Technical Reference & Application, and Wellcome Trust-Sanger Institute s MICER Guide

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MediaCybernetics has released the AFA 5.0 Plug-in module for its Image-Pro Plus and Image-Pro Discovery imaging software, the company said last week.

The AFA Plug-in module is designed for research microscopists who need to acquire and manage image sets in multiple dimensions, including channel (wavelength), focus (Z-stack), time, and stage position, the company said.


Dharmacon is providing free copies of its RNAi Technical Reference & Application Guide.

The guide covers such topics as method comparison, experimental design, and protocols.

Information on receiving a copy of the guide can be found at http://design.dharmacon.com/genelist/rnaiguide/default.aspx?SID=326222166.


The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute announced on July 4 that MICER (Mutagenic Insertion and Chromosome Engineering Resource) is now freely available to all researchers.

According to an official statement, MICER, which was developed at the institute, is a tool for targeted modification of the mouse genome. Randomly defined sections of the mouse genome have been joined to a DNA molecule that can disrupt normal gene activity. When introduced into mouse cells, the sequence in this molecule will often find its corresponding sequence in the genome and disrupt it.

Details about the resource appear in this week's online edition of Nature Genetics.

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To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

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