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Thermo Fisher Scientific this week announced the addition of its MBP brand ART barrier tips in two new packaging configurations. The ART Reload System combines individually packaged barrier tip reload inserts with space-saving hinged racks, the company said.

This sterile, barrier tip reload system features a "push down" blister tub that clips the inserts securely into the hinged rack without exposure to the environment. The Reload System components use recycled materials to package virgin polypropylene barrier tips.


Promega this week announced the launch of StemElite ID System for human cell line authentication in research applications. The StemElite ID System allows scientists to validate the authenticity and purity of their human cell lines prior to submitting their results for publishing or passing the cell line to another laboratory.

The StemElite ID System incorporates the same short tandem repeat analysis technology as Promega PowerPlex products used for genetic identity by forensics labs. StemElite ID includes ten human loci for human cell line authentication, and a sensitive marker that specifically detects contamination with mouse DNA.

The kit provides all reagents required for co-amplification and three color detection of DNA fragments in a single tube.

The Scan

Study Reveals New Details About Genetics of Major Cause of Female Infertility

Researchers in Nature Medicine conducted a whole-exome sequencing study of mote than a thousand patients with premature ovarian insufficiency.

Circulating Tumor DNA Shows Potential as Biomarker in Rare Childhood Cancer

A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has found that circulating tumor DNA levels in rhabdomyosarcoma may serve as a biomarker for prognosis.

Study Recommends Cancer Screening for Dogs Beginning Age Seven, Depending on Breed

PetDx researchers report in PLOS One that annual cancer screening for dogs should begin by age seven.

White-Tailed Deer Harbor SARS-CoV-2 Variants No Longer Infecting Humans, Study Finds

A new study in PNAS has found that white-tailed deer could act as a reservoir of SARS-CoV-2 variants no longer found among humans.