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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

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.