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This month, Luminex is offering free one-day seminars discussing its Multi-Analyte Profiling technology in cities around the US. Users will present different applications of the technology, including multiplexed immunoassays, SNP detection and gene expression, according to the company. Dates and locations are: Los Angeles: July 16; Emeryville, Calif.: July 1; Seattle: July 19; Houston: July 22; Atlanta: July 24; Bethesda, Md.: July 2; New York: July 29; More information and registration are available online at https://www.reg.meetingsplus.com/luminexseminar/index.htm

The Gel Company, based in San Francisco, has introduced the MicroGEL rapid electrophoresis system. The system relies on a standard 1 x 3 inch microslide using membrane comb sample injection, which minimizes load volumes to as low as 0.3 µl per sample. The gels can be visualized in any microarray scanning system or by traditional staining methods, the company said.

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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.