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New Products: Extended-shelf-life pre-cast gradient gel, Quattro Ultima Pt, MassLynx 4, ProteinLynx Global Server 2.0, Z4000

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Gradipore has released a new line of extended-shelf-life pre-cast gradient gel electrophoresis products. Most pre-cast gels have a shelf life of 3 months, but with its proprietary buffer system, the Gradipore gels can last up to 12 months, the Frenchs Forest, Australia-based company said. The extended shelf life gels are available in the US and outside Australia through VWR, Gradipore’s distribution partner.

Micromass will unveil three new mass spectrometry products for the proteomics and drug discovery markets at the March 17-22 Pittcon conference in New Orleans. The Manchester, UK-based subsidiary of Waters will showcase the Quattro Ultima Pt, its top-of-the-line triple quadrupole mass spectrometer for LC/MS/MS applications, MassLynx 4, the latest version of its mass spectrometry software, and ProteinLynx Global Server 2.0, the latest version of the company’s software for handling tasks such as searching protein databases and managing multiple users.

Compugen has released Z4000, the latest version of its 2D gel electrophoresis analysis software. The follow-up to Z3, which was released in October 2000, employs algorithms for comparing gels and quantifying differential protein expression. The software can analyze up to 50 gels an hour on one personal computer, as well as control the design of the experiment, Tel Aviv, Israel-based Compugen said. The company announced the product launch at the recent Genome Tri-Conference in Santa Clara.

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