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PerkinElmer, Velocity11, ThermoFisher Scientific

PerkinElmer introduced its next-generation live-cell imaging platform UltraVIEW VoX at the Society for Neuroscience's 37th annual meeting, held in San Diego Nov. 3-7.
The UltraVIEW VoX is a 3D live cell imaging solution that incorporates spinning disk technology, which allows scientists to acquire images, along with software to visualize, measure, track, chart, and publish 4D multi-channel images.
Customers are now able to receive the following package of system advancements in a single confocal imaging solution: CSU-X1 spinning disk head; modular solid-state lasers combiner; integrated Volocity cellular imaging software; tech support desk; and an add-on fluorescence recovery after photobleaching photokinesis unit.

Velocity11 this week announced the availability of its R-Series BenchCel microplate handling system.
The system features enhanced positional accuracy, increased payload, reduced installation time, and simpler user adjustments than its predecessor BenchCel X-Series systems.
The R-Series BenchCel microplate handling system features a high-speed plate shuttle that accesses the integrated microplate stacks and peripheral instruments. Users can choose from two-, four-, or six-stack instrument configurations, and from four different sizes of removable racks with capacities of 15 to 70 standard microplates. A delidding function removes and replaces microplate lids as necessary.
The BenchCel R-Series is powered by Velocity11's BenchWorks automation and control software with scheduler. According to the company, BenchWorks now includes an improved robot device diagnostics module with an enhanced graphical user interface.
Velocity11 is also introducing new slot-style (top load) and front opening-style (front load) labware racks for the BenchCel R-Series. The new racks may also be used with original BenchCel X-Series systems, the company said. 

ThermoFisher Scientific this week introduced the Online Custom Tubing Set Configurator, a tool that enables scientists and engineers to design their own integrated fluid transfer and bioprocess systems using Nalgene and Nunc brand products for handling high-value products.
The browser interface enables customers to select fluid handling products, assemble them in a virtual system, obtain immediate price quotes and place orders. A two-dimensional CAD drawing is generated by the configurator to verify the design and assure its functionality.
The Online Configurator offers over 125 standard components to choose from, including tubing, connectors, fittings, clamps, stoppers, and vent filters. Users create their own personal design library where they can manage and order their designs.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.