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PerkinElmer, Labcyte, and Nikon

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PerkinElmer this week launched the PhotoKinesis accessory for its UltraVIEW live-cell imaging system.
 
The PhotoKinesis accessory was designed to enable fluorescence recovery after photobleaching and similar techniques on the UltraVIEW. The accessory also includes “Track-It” on-demand photoactivation and photoswitching, which provides users with greater control over their experiments, PerkinElmer said.
 

 
Labcyte this week announced the release of two software products for setting up dose-response assays and for facilitating cherry picking. Both products support the company’s Echo 550 and Echo 555 acoustic energy-based liquid handlers.
 
The Dose-Response software makes it easier for users of the Echo systems to set up multi-point does-response assays typical of the types of analyses used for IC50 and EC50 determinations, Labcyte said.
 
The Cherry-Picking software makes it easier for Echo users to choose specific compounds from library source plates and transfer them to assay plates in a variety of ways, including interplate and intraplate replicates, variable volume transfers, and pooled transfers.
 

 
Nikon this week launched the BioStation IM, a ‘hands-off’ system for managing, observing, and recording the growth of cells in culture.
 

The system combines the environmental control capabilities of a CO2 incubator with and optical monitoring system that enables drift-free, live-cell imaging. Cultures can be imaged at 10X to 80x magnifications under phase contrast, as well as using epifluorescence illumination. The system also comes in two versions: one with a long working distance lens to work with plastic Petri dishes and another with a high numerical aperture lens optimized for thin-bottom glass Petri dishes, Nikon said.

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