NanoString Alzheimer's Disease Research Panels
Seattle-based NanoString Technologies has developed a set of new nCounter gene expression panels for use in Alzheimer's disease research, which it created and tested in collaboration with the MODEL-AD consortium. The two panels — one for use in mouse studies and another for human studies — measure the expression of 770 genes covering 30 modules discovered in a recent study of human brain tissue. The firm noted that both panels are available for purchase through its website.
Menarini Silicon Biosystems VRNxT Volume Reduction Tool
Italy-based Menarini Silicon Biosystems has launched its new VRNxT automated volume reduction instrument, which removes manual sample reduction steps in cellular biology workflows. The sample prep firm said that the instrument reduces pipetting steps by using rotational motion to reduce hands-on time up to 90 percent and eliminate operator variability. The system can simultaneously process up to four samples and reduces sample volume to about 12.5 μL in 25 seconds and approximately 2 μL in about eight seconds. Menarini claims the tool will add precision and accuracy to rare-cell and single-cell analysis, minimizing the loss of samples and increasing workflow throughput. While the system has been developed to standardize Menarini's DEPArray's workflow, the firm said that researchers can use the tool for broader applications in volume reduction.
3M STEC Tests
3M has introduced two genetic assays for food safety testing that detect Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. The assays are compatible with the St. Paul, Minnesota-based firm's loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) instrument, the 3M Molecular Detection System.
The 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 - STEC Gene Screen (stx and eae) detects the genes for Shiga toxin types 1 and 2, in addition to the intimin gene that allows the bacteria to attach to intestinal cells. The firm's 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 - STEC Gene Screen (stx) specifically detects Shiga toxin genes.
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