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Whatman, National Cancer Institute, CyBio

Whatman has launched EasiCollect, a new device for buccal cell collection. It incorporates FTA collection media, which protects DNA from environmental and enzymatic damage for long-term room-temperature storage. The device has a new surface to maximize collection of cells and a “unique design” to apply the sample uniformly to the FTA matrix surface.

The first version of the Cancer Genome Atlas Data Portal is now available and can be accessed here, the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute said this week. The portal serves as a storage and data management tool for TCGA data. All genomic characterization, sequencing, and clinical data from TCGA are available from the portal.

CyBio has introduced CyBi-GeneRobots, a product family of systems to automate applications in molecular biology. CyBi-DiluSpro is an 8 channel pipettor suited for many molecular biology applications, such as PCR setup and clean up, as well as sequencing reaction setup and clean up. CyBi-Well vario is a multi-channel pipettor for nucleic acid transfer applications, such as high throughput siRNA screening. CyBi-RoboSpense is an all-purpose pipetting robot with 4 or 8 individually addressable channels for nucleic acid purification, processing, and analysis applications. It is designed for fully automated sample purification and reaction setup and clean up tasks.

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.