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NextGen Sciences has begun rolling out its fully automated 2-dimensional electrophoresis system, the a2DE, which the company bills as being the only system that can run 2D gel electrophoresis without supervision or intervention. NextGen also launched its expressionfactory technology, which enables researchers to perform systematic, automated, and high throughput protein expression and purification.

The launches coincide with the opening of NextGen’s first international office, NextGen Sciences, in Bedford, Mass.,which the company announced last week. The facility will support the company’s customer base in the United States, and will provide NextGen Sciences with a sales, support, and manufacturing base for their technologies outside the UK.

BD Clontech has launched its RNA/cDNA Quality Assay, which is designed to determine the quality of human RNA and cDNA samples using reverse transcription and PCR. The company said the tool can enable researchers to obtain the representation of full-length transcripts for experiments with cDNA libraries, RACE-ready cDNAs, or microarray cDNA probes.

PrecisionMed has launched a new PrecisionMed Sample Bank collection in late-onset Alzheimer’s disease for genetics, proteomics, and molecular diagnostics research. The product comprises data that includes the following rating scales: Clinical Dementia Rating, Mini Mental Status Exam and the ADAS-cog, and detailed demographic information, PrecisionMed said in a statement. This controlled collection will supplement an existing Alzheimer’s disease sample collection, which includes matched control subjects collected over the past two years and stored in the PrecisionMed sample bank. PrecisionMed’s sample bank is a repository of human blood, DNA, RNA, sera, plasma, and other body fluid linked to anonymous and audited clinical data.

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