NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – PerkinElmer has signed an agreement to serve as the exclusive global distributor for Sebia's Capillarys 2 Neonat Fast system for labs conducting newborn screening.

The capillary electrophoresis system enables fully automated hemoglobin newborn screening from dried blood spot samples. It is used to test for hemoglobinopathies, such as sickle cell disease.

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Maria Freire from the Foundation for the NIH calls for "politically popular pledges of support" for the NIH to turn into support for increased funding for the agency.

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