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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

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.