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Bio-Rad Laboratories, Biotage, GeneGo

Bio-Rad Laboratories this week launched the Profinity eXact Fusion-tag System for the purification of affinity-tagged proteins.
The system uses an immobilized, engineered subtilisin protease to perform affinity binding and tag cleavage, significantly shortening the purification process, the company said in a statement. Profinity eXact allows researchers to purify tag-free proteins in one hour, Tanis Correa, senior product managmer for Bio-Rad Lab Chromatography products, said in the statement.

Biotage this week introduced the Evolute CX, a mixed-mode resin-based SPE sorbent for the removal of basic drugs from biological fluids.
Evolute CX combines robust polymer chemistry, uniform coverage of sulfonic acid groups, and optimum exchange chemistry “to provide greater than 85 percent recovery on a broad range of sample matrices,” Biotage said in a statement.

GeneGo this week said its data analysis products are now supported by Mac and Linux operating systems and multiple web browsers.
“The Mac/Safari user base is a significant and growing sector for GeneGo, so we wanted to make sure we made our software and databases compatible for the IT environment,” Julie Bryant, GeneGo’s vice president of business development said in a statement.
MetaCore, MetaLink, MapEditor, and MetaRodent are now supported in Safari 3.0 and higher and the latest updates of Tiger and Leopard Mac OS. They are also supported by Firefox 2, making them available to Linux users.

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