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Shimadzu Biotech this week launched its Flexi-Mass-DS polymeric, single-use targets for MALDI analysis.

The targets are supplied in a 48-well microscope slide format, which makes them suitable for either manual or automated robotic sample spotting, according to Shimadzu. They are designed for use with the custom-built Precision adaptor, which can be loaded with four targets for the analysis of 192 samples in a single session.

According to Shimadzu, benefits of the new targets include cost-effectiveness when compared to traditional stainless steel substrates. Cleaning prior to use is not necessary, and carryover issues from sample to sample are also eliminated, the company said.


CapitalBio and Vigene Tech this week launched a fully integrated microarray platform combining CapitalBio's LuxScan microarray scanners with Vigene's MicroVigene image analysis software.

The LuxScan in combination with the MicroVigene is suitable for diagnostic and high-throughput protein, DNA, antibody, and miRNA array applications, the companies said in a joint statement. The platform is the result of a non-exclusive agreement between the two companies announced last week [see story by ProteoMonitor's sister publication BioArray News]

CapitalBio, headquartered in Beijing, develops biochips, microarray instruments and services. Vigene, based in Carlisle, Mass., provides automated image and data analysis software.


Rigaku this week launched the CrystalMation Intelli-Plate, a high-throughput, low-profile, low-birefringence, UV compatible crystallization plate.

Certified for use with all Rigaku CrystalMation systems for high-throughput protein crystallization experiments, the plates delivers "the highest possible optical clarity with a well design that affords users superior quality protein crystal images," Rigaku, based in Carlsbad, Calif., said in a statement.

It entered into an agreement with Sunnvale, Calif., firm Art Robbins Instruments to offer the plates, which were co-developed by the two firms.

The plate is in the standard SBS format with 96 reservoirs, each reservoir having three associated wells. Rigaku will handle all bulk orders, while Art Robbins Instruments and Hampton Research will handle small orders.

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.