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Product Watch: Feb 11, 2010

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Fluidigm this week launched its Access Array amplicon-tagging protocol for the Illumina GA II next-generation sequencer.

The 48.48 Access Array integrated fluidic circuit allows Illumina GA II users to automatically prepare sequencing-ready libraries from 48 individual samples at a time for as little as $7 per sample, Fluidigm said.

Fluidigm's Access Array IFC, when used with an Illumina GA II sequencer, can capture up to 12 kb of sequence data per sample, or 576 kb per array. With upcoming applications on the Access Array system, such as long-range PCR, users will be able to target up to 480 kb of sequence data per sample, or 23 MB per array, Fluidigm said.


Integra Biosciences said this week that its Integra Pipetboy pro pipetting aid is now available.

The Pipetboy pro features a white LED light that illuminates the area around the pipette to increase accuracy and reduce eyestrain, the company said, even when dispensing liquids out of an opaque centrifuge tube or dark container, Integra said.

The Pipetboy pro also enables users to pipette by applying variable finger pressure on the pipettor trigger buttons, thereby changing between drop-by-drop or motorized dispensing at an adjustable speed of up to 10 ml/sec.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.