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Bio-Rad this week introduced its new Image Lab 4.1 software for use in quantifying protein expression levels in western blots via its ChemiDoc MP imaging system.

The new software automates protein normalization of multiplex fluorescent western blots by extracting image data direction from the ChemiDoc imager, providing a simpler, faster workflow, the company said.


Biotage this week released its new Initiator+ Alstra, an automated microwave peptide synthesizer for building peptides, peptoids, PNA, and peptidomimetics.

The instrument features a working volume as low as 0.6 mL, enabling small-scale synthesis, and robotic liquid handling and digital syringe pumps to reduce reagent waste, the company said.

The Scan

Billion-Dollar Diversity Initiative

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is now accepting applications for its new $1.5 billion initiative to boost the diversity of the scientific workforce.

Biotech Co-Founder Arrested

A co-founder of a Los Angeles-based biotech company has been arrested in connection with a murder-for-hire scheme, according to Endpoint News.

Return of the Tasmanian Tiger

The Washington Post reports that a team in Australia is working to bring the thylacine back from extinction.

Nature Papers on Genome of Individual From Pompeii, CircRNA Study Best Practices, More

In Nature this week: first sequenced genome of a person from Pompeii, best practice guidelines for circRNA studies, and more.