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New Product Watch: Apr 21, 2009

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NuGen Technologies this week launched its WT-Amp ST and WT-Amp Plus ST RNA Amplification Systems, designed to prepare cDNA targets for analysis using Affymetrix GeneChip Gene ST or Exon ST arrays, respectively.

The new amplification kits are part of a new family of products branded as Applause that make use of NuGen's single primer isothermal amplification technology.

Applause products are specifically designed to address specimens in which RNA is more abundant and intact, such as fresh-frozen tissue and cultured cells, NuGen said. The Applause kits can be used with all sample types for downstream microarray- or qPCR-based gene expression analysis.


Genedata this week released Screener 7.0, the latest version of its high-throughput screening and high-content screening analysis software.

Screener 7.0 combines an enterprise-wide assay data management platform with high-performance processing workflows and analysis tools and provides access to high-content screening-specific functionality, Genedata said.

The tool can be integrated with any plate-based, high-content screening instrument or image analysis software, including image databases via the HCS Image API. It is also compatible with the Thermo Scientific Cellomics Store image management system.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.