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Tecan, BD Biosciences Clontech, University of Manchester


Tecan of Zurich, Switzerland, has launched Aquarius, a compact automated multi-channel pipetting system. It uses both 96-well and 384-well pipetting heads and can use fixed and disposable 96-well manifolds interchangeably. The instrument is designed for medium-to high-throughput sample dispensing of volumes ranging from 200 nanoliters to 50 microliters.


BD Biosciences Clontech has released A.c. GFP, a green monomeric fluorescent protein that can be used for protein fusion studies. The new protein joins ZsGreen, AmCyan, ZsYellow, DsRed, AsRed, and HcRed as the basis of BD Biosciences Clontech’s fluorescent protein licensing program.


The University of Manchester, UK, has released Pedro, a data modeling tool that renders XML data entry forms for a model expressed in a particular style of XML Schema. The application was originally developed for the proteomics community but is domain independent. The program is free and open source and is available after registering at

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.