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Bio-Tek Instruments, Li-Cor Biosciences, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of Cambridge, Texas A&M University, GeneGo


Bio-Tek Instruments and Li-Cor Biosciences last week announced the commercialization and integration of the Bio-Tek Bio-Stack microplate stacker with Li-Cor's Aerius Automated Infrared Imaging System for performing in-cell Westerns.

Version 1.1a of PHENIX (Python-based Hierarchical Environment for Integrated Xtallography) is available from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of Cambridge, and Texas A&M University at This version of PHENIX has three main user interfaces: command-line tools, strategies, and wizards.

GeneGo has released MetaCore 2.5. The new version of the company's pathway data-mining suite features fine mapping of human metabolism, transcription regulation, and signaling along with new network-building algorithms, filters, and statistical procedures for multi-variant interpretation of human networks in terms of canonical pathways and functional processes.

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.