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Varian -- 5 New NMR Products


Varian introduced five NMR products this week at the Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance conference in Monterey, Calif. The ProTune allows labs to automatically adjust probe tune and match. The product includes platform-specific software. The AutoX Probe is a dual broadband, pulsed field gradient probe made for enhancing productivity and versatility of automated NMR systems. The 768AS is a fully automated robotics system for processing samples from standard 96-well plates for use with NMR (see p. 6). The 13C Enhanced HCN Cold Probe increases carbon sensitivity for carbon observe experiments that are four times faster. The VnmrJ software is an upgraded version of NMR software that runs on Linux systems with a mercury plus spectrometer. Varian also released, in collaboration with Oxford Instruments, ActivelyCooled NMR magnets, which do not have the same cryogen requirements as other NMR magnets (see p. 6).

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.