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Product Watch: Sep 8, 2011

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Caliper Life Sciences has launched the Zephyr NGS Post-PCR Workstation, which handles post-PCR steps in next-generation sequencing sample-prep workflows, such as magnetic bead-based purifications, qPCR setup, sample normalization, and sample-pooling protocols.

The company said that it developed the system in response to customer requirements for separating pre-PCR and post-PCR workflows.


Streck has released the Philisa Thermal Cycler, a high-speed PCR instrument that the company claims will allow users to reduce PCR amplification time to less than 15 minutes using standard PCR chemistry.

Streck said that the Philisa system offers heating ramp rates of up to 15°C/s and cooling ramp rates of up to 12°C/s.

The Scan

Call for a Different Tack

Experts weigh the value of recent experiments testing genetically modified pig kidneys using brain-dead individuals, according to Nature News.

Wastewater Warning

The New York Times reports that wastewater surveillance in some parts of the US point to a possible surge.

Can't Get in the Program

Due to the Northern Ireland protocol dispute, the European Union is preventing UK researchers from joining the Horizon Europe research program, the Times of London reports.

Science Paper on Spatial-Controlled Genome Editing

In Science this week: approach to enable a CRISPR-Cas13a-based system to be used as a cancer therapy.