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PerkinElmer Life Sciences, Ciphergen Biosystems, Shimadzu Biotech

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PerkinElmer Life Sciences has released a new range of clear SpectraPlate microplates. The 96- and 384-well plates are available with medium or high protein affinity, as well as for cell culturing. They are designed for ELISA and other colorimetric assays.

Ciphergen Biosystems has introduced an automation system, called ProteinChip AutoBiomarker, to complement its SELDI platform. The instrument provides automated sample preparation, spotting and chip loading, as well as a database, biomarker analysis software and a kit for serum protein expression profiling.

Shimadzu Biotech has released PsiPort, a web-based data review and acquisition LC/MS software designed to optimize high-throughput mass-directed auto purification. Using a graphical browser interface, PsiPort includes customized report templates, an “internet print friendly” format, and specific pre-configured acquisition and post processing parameters for LC, MS and peripheral devices.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.