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Thermo Fisher Scientific, Invitrogen, Syngen, AnaSpec

Thermo Fisher Scientific unveiled version 8.0 of the Nautilus laboratory information management system this week. The company said the update is the most comprehensive to Nautilus since the product was commercialized in 1998.
Among the improvements, according to Thermo Fisher, is greater ease of use from organizing data to searching and log-in; a new cut-and-paste operation allowing users to copy workflow nodes rather than having to rebuild them; and the use of .NET technology that gives users greater interaction and flexibility with plates.

Invitrogen this week launched its ProtoArray Human Protein Microarray version 4.0. The array “enables customers to screen biological samples or labeled probe of interest against 8,000 unique human proteins in a single, rapid experiment,” the company said in a statement. 

Syngene this week introduced Dyversity 4, an automated multifunctional image analyzer. The instrument comprises a high resolution, 16-bit CCD camera inside a light tight darkroom integrated to a PC containing Syngene image capture and analysis software, the company said in a statement.

AnaSpec launched this week 11 research-ready plant peptides called phytochelatins, a class of heavy metal-detoxifying peptides. More information about them can be found here.

The Scan

Vaccine Update Recommended

A US Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster vaccines be updated to target Omicron, CNBC reports.

US to Make More Vaccines for Monkeypox Available

The US is to make nearly 300,000 vaccine doses available in the coming weeks to stem the spread of human monkeypox virus, according to NPR.

Sentence Appealed

The Associated Press reports that Swedish prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to a surgeon once lauded for transplanting synthetic tracheas but then convicted of causing bodily harm.

Genome Biology Papers on COVID-19 Effector Genes, Virtual ChIP-seq, scDART

In Genome Biology this week: proposed COVID-19 effector genes, method to predict transcription factor binding patterns, and more.