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Lab Automation 2004, Beckman Coulter, Caliper Life Sciences, PerkinElmer, Tecan US, Thermo Electron, Amersham Biosciences, Genedata


Many new products with proteomics applications were introduced at the Lab Automation 2004 conference held this week in San Jose, Calif. For a complete list of products, companies, and applications see the table on page 6. The following companies released new proteomics products at Lab Auto: Beckman Coulter (four new products), Caliper Life Sciences (one new product), PerkinElmer (two new products), Tecan US (two new products), and Thermo Electron (two new products).

In addition, separately from the Lab Automation releases, Amersham Biosciences and Genedata this week each released new software with proteomics applications. Amersham released an upgrade of its Melanie-based ImageMaster 2D gel analysis software with version 5.0, and Genedata released Expressionist Pro — an upgrade of its existing microarray analysis Expressionist software that adds 2D gel, mass spec, and ICAT-based proteomics data to the original software platform (see story, p. 1).

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.