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Product Watch: Alpaqua Magnet Plate for Bead-based Nucleic Acid Isolation


Alpaqua Engineering this week launched the Magnum FLX Enhanced Universal Magnet Plate for magnetic bead-based nucleic acid isolation applications including next-generation sequencing, DNA and RNA extraction, sequencing and PCR cleanup, and exome capture.

The new plate contains proprietary solid-core ring magnets, the unique geometry of which facilitates rapid separation of all sample volumes and low-volume nucleic acid elution, Alpaqua said. These capabilities are complemented by universal compatibility with all commonly used 96-well microplates and robotic platforms, the company added. Like all Alpaqua magnet plates, the Magnum FLX contains integrated spring cushion technology for improved automated pipetting consistency and sample recovery.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.