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Agena MassArray Chip Prep Module

Agena Bioscience has introduced the Chip Prep Module for automated sample handling following PCR for its MassArray 96-well genetic testing platform.

The add-on module minimizes hands-on time and reduces the risk of cross contamination associated with manual sample handling by automating several steps, including dispensing and desalting samples onto the SpectroChip Array. It can process eight 96-pad SpectroChip Arrays in less than a day and includes on-board cooling and storage, which allow overnight processing and storage of two additional SpectroChip Arrays.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Purnell Choppin Dies

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