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SurModics of Eden Prairie, Minn. has released StabilCoat Plus and StabilGuard Choice Stabilizers for stabilizing proteins bound to microspheres in solution or to protein arrays. The products increase signal, reduce background, and improve the sensitivity of protein arrays; they also are able to preserve the conformation and activity of array proteins after long-term storage in a dried state, according to the company.


Invitrogen released the Yeast ProtoArray at the Biotechnology Industry Organization 2004 meeting in San Francisco. For more information, see story, p. 3.


Thermo Electron has released the Omnic 7.0 Professional Software Suite for Nicolet FT-IR and Nicolet Raman spectrometers. The software package includes new features such as new spectral annotations, the ability to quickly e-mail spectra from the software, and the ability to set sample and background scans independently.

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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.