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Bio-Rad this week launched its new Protean i12 IEF system, an isoelectric focusing system that can run up to 12 immobolized pH gradient strips in 12 independently programmed lanes.

The system will enable researchers to test multiple optimization conditions simultaneously and run samples from different experiments together, reducing the time to results, the company said.


Grace Bio-labs this week released its new SuperNova nitrocellulose thin-film slides for use with fluorescence detection in microarrays. The slides offer high protein binding capacity while maintaining low levels of background fluorescence, the company said.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.