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AutoGen next month will launch the AutoGenprep 240, an auto mated, self-contained robotic system for isolating DNA. This bench-top instrument is designed for lower-volume extraction needs, and will process up to 24 samples in approximately 3 hours.

AutoGen will launch the AutoGenprep240 on July 10, along with a protocol for plasmid DNA extraction, the company said. Additional protocols, including mouse-tail and plant, are under development and will be available soon, according to the company.


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Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.