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Tecan, Agilent, Geneva Bioinformatics


Tecan has introduced a Te-MO 3/3 multi-channel pipetting device for its Genesis platform. Through its compact design, it does not increase the footprint of the whole workstation. Plates can be loaded on the system while other plates are being pipetted. The instrument pipettes 96-, 384- and 1536-well plate formats. It works with most workstation modules and is controlled by Tecan’s Gemini software.


Agilent has launched its 1100 series nanoflow liquid chromatograph for mass spectrometry-based proteomics applications. It is designed to provide stable ultra-low flow control and is suited for one-dimensional and multi-dimensional separations. The instrument uses a solvent delivery technology. Its pump is optimized for nanoliter-per-minute flows and features active-feedback flow control, which automatically compensates for partial blockages or back pressure changes. The instrument’s price starts at $55,890.


Geneva Bioinformatics has released

Melanie 4

, the latest version of its Melanie 2D gel analysis software. It can handle large data volumes and its gel analysis steps can be automated through customizable scripts that are exploitable on any dataset. Data management and visualization tools have been added. It has an open architecture, based on XML, and can be integrated into any laboratory workflow. A free demo version can be downloaded at

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.