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PCRmax Alpha Cycler 4

PCRmax, a Bibby Scientific company, has launched the Alpha Cycler 4. According to the company, it is the only commercially available thermal cycler to offer four totally independent blocks. As such, it is capable of performing four independent runs simultaneously in a compact instrument footprint. The system is also configurable in any combination of 96- to 384-well formats across the four bays. Other features include a software program that allows users to quickly access their most commonly used protocols, and greater connectivity and real-time monitoring capabilities using hand-held reporting devices such as a smartphone or tablet.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.