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Millipore, Invitrogen, TLV Kumar, Paul Clark


New Products

Millipore announced this week the availability of its Immobilon Blotting Sandwiches, which consist of one sheet of Immobilon-P transfer membrane for binding proteins transferred from a variety of gel matrices, with two sheets of chromatography-grade blotting filter paper. The protein blotting sandwiches, which are pre-cut to match the most commonly used pre-cast electrophoresis gels, are convenient and time saving for labs using chemiluminescent or chromogenic detection methods, Millipore said.

Invitrogen announced this week the availability of its Vivid Colors Fluorescent Proteins for use in fluorescence microscopy or flow cytometry. Derived from the Aequoria victoris jellyfish, the proteins improve upon Invitrogen's Enhanced Green Fluorescent Proteins, the company said. They are not prone to aggregation, they are enhanced for extreme fluorescence, and they are humanized for optimal mammalian expression.


Movers & Shakers

TLV Kumar has joined Applied Biosystems as president of Asia Pacific operations. Kumar joins ABI from Philips Medical Systems, where he served as chief operations officer for Asia Pacific. He also is a former managing director of Philips' operations in India.

Kumar will be based in Hong Kong and will lead ABI's operations in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and the 10 nations that comprise the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Paul Clark has joined the board of directors of Agilent Technologies, the company said last week.

Clark is the chairman, president and CEO of ICOS Corp., a Bothell, Wash.-based healthcare products company. Prior to joining ICOS, Clark served as executive vice president and board member of Abbott Laboratories, and held executive positions with Marion Laboratories and Sandoz Pharmaceuticals.

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.