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Applied Biosystems, NextGen Sciences, Genomic Solutions


Applied Biosystems recently introduced its 4800 MALDI TOF/TOF Analyzer, the newest in its TOF/TOF line of mass spectrometers.

According to the company, the new mass spec offers a ten-fold increase in sensitivity over previous systems. It combines Applied Biosystems/MDS Sciex joint venture's TOF/TOF optics technology with the novel OptiBeam on-axis laser, which increases the number of ions directed into the ion path.

NextGen Sciences announced this week the launch of its high-efficiency Escherichia coli strains, presented in 96-well plates. Each plate has a unique barcode that makes it easy to inventory the cells within the company's orchestratorIMS database. The orchestratorIMS information management system integrates gene manipulation software and a sample and reagents tracking database with robotic platforms for automated gene cloning and protein expression.

Genomic Solutions announced this week the launch of its Investigator ProPicII instrument for automated picking of spots from 2D gels. The instrument is able to simultaneously image, analyze and pick from two large-format 2D gels at the same time. Its CCD camera uses 16-bit technology and offers a resolution of 80 microns. The unit measures 35 inches in width.

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.