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Bio-Rad, Thermo Fisher

Bio-Rad Laboratories this week launched the Criterion Stain Free imaging system for stain-free detection and quantitation of proteins.
The system consists of a new formulation of Criterion precast gels, a Criterion Stain Free imager, and Image Lab software. The system allows scientists to bypass the staining and destaining steps of SDS-PAGE and to visualize protein samples in two and a half minutes after electrophoresis, the company said in a statement. It also captures digital images of gels, making record keeping easy and gel drying “obsolete,” according to Bio-Rad.

Thermo Fisher Scientific said this week its Atlas Chromatography Data System now supports Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.
Version 8.2 provides LC and GC instrument control, digital data acquisition, chromatography data processing, and reporting.
“As more companies deploy Microsoft Vista in the coming months, there is strong interest in adopting software applications that are tested and vendor–validated in the Vista environment,” said Dave Champagne, vice president and general manager of informatics at Thermo Fisher in a statement.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.