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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

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.