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Oxford Expression Technologies, AnaSpec, Biotech Support Group

Oxford Expression Technologies this week introduced the flashBACULTRA, a baculovirus vector for increased yield and improved quality of expressed protein.
flashBACULTRA is the only baculovirus vector to incorporate the deletion of chitinase, cathepsin, p10, p74, and p26 genese from the virus genome, the company said in a statement. It is the latest addition to Oxford Expression’s flashBAC portfolio of products for the production of multiple recombinant viruses in one step.

AnaSpec this week launched its AnaTag APC, B-PE, and R-PE Labeling kits for antibody labeling.
The kits contain all the reagents needed for “optimized” labeling of antibodies, and the phycobiliproteins are modified by SMCC, resulting in the creation of SH-reactive moieties, “which can easily react with the thiol groups of target antibody,” the company said in a statement,“ the company said in a statement. Since no addition activation is required, the conjugation process is simple and easy.”
The kit also contains a purification column to label up to 1 mg of antibody and a detailed protocol.

Biotech Support Group this week introduced HemoVoid for the depletion of hemoglobin from red cell lysates.
HemoVoid selectively voids hemoglobin while binding the remaining protein content from erythrocytes, the company said in a statement. The surface matrix is not based on antibodies or combinatorial libraries,“providing an economical method that retains functional and tertiary structure in the eluate proteins,” it said.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.