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Luminex, AnaSpec, NextGen Sciences

Luminex launched the FlexMAP 3D bead-based multiplexing system this week at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry annual meeting. FlexMAP is able to simultaneously measure up to 500 analytes in a single microplate, the company said in a statement. Other innovations include redesigned optics for improved assay performance, a dual syringe assembly to enhance throughput, and software to enable automation.

AnaSpec this week introduced its newest antibody solutions, anti-MMP-1 (Hinge) and anti-MMP-13 (Hinge). Raised against the regions of the antibodies, the epitopes do not overlap the catalytic domain and will not influence the activity of the MMP ferment in experiments, the company said in a statement.
The company also introduced new cathellicidins.

NextGen Sciences this week launched the optigels pre-cast 2D gels. Optigels are available in a range of gradients and support and are available with either standard or low fluorescing glass to allow compatibility with traditional and fluorescent labeling systems.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.