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MicroRNAs Could Become Cancer Targets 2/20/04

February 20, 2004 11:05 am | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin MicroRNAs are frequently located in cancer-associated regions of the genome and can act as both tumor suppressor genes and oncogenes, according to a new study. The association could lead to the use of microRNAs in cancer treatment.

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Canadian Company Goes Back to the Well 2/19/04

February 19, 2004 12:14 pm | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin An assay technology for screening and select compounds that regulate immune responses developed by the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, was licensed recently to the Canadian company GeneMax Pharmaceuticals Inc., also in Vancouver.

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License for Protease Method Fuels Start-Up Firm 2/18/04

February 19, 2004 6:02 am | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin Catalyst Biosciences Inc., San Francisco, a biotechnology start-up company focusing on the engineering of recombinant proteases as therapeutics in the areas of cancer and inflammation, recently licensed a method for rapidly determining the substrate specificity of a protease from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Sample Storage, Retrieval System

February 18, 2004 6:18 am | Articles | Comments

The Mid-Size Store™ from REMP is a fully automated sample storage and retrieval system. Unit size (32 10× 1110× 92 should allow it to fit in most existing laboratory spaces. Modular design allows capacity options of 20,400 MTP, 10,200 DWP or 392,700 vials (4 ml).

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384-Well Hybridization Plate (2787)

February 18, 2004 4:52 am | Articles | Comments

GenePlate® HT , a high-throughput, 384-well-format, automation-friendly mRNA isolation plate, facilitates fast, sensitive, reproducible isolation of mRNA from cell culture and tissue sources.

Liquid Handling Platform For Inert, Multi-Format Sample Processing

February 18, 2004 4:52 am | Articles | Comments

TekBench-SP™ is a fully automated liquid handling platform for the processing of tube- and plate-based samples in an inert environment, providing protection from factors known to compromise sample integrity and stability (oxygen, moisture, light, dust).

Assay Automation Workstation

February 18, 2004 4:52 am | Articles | Comments

The CRS Mini DM Workstation is a scalable and reliable automation platform for automating ELISA and other biochemical assays. Modular design allows the system to expand easily by adding or swapping instruments and storage as assay and throughput requirements change.

Filter Plates For Automated Workstations

February 18, 2004 4:52 am | Articles | Comments

MultiScreen HTS filter plates were developed specifically for use with automated workstations. One-piece plate design facilitates use with robotic gripper arms and stackers. Rigid sidewalls provide ample surface to accommodate bar code labels. Removable underdrain allows easy membrane access.

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Robotic Centrifuge For The Automated Laboratory

February 18, 2004 4:52 am | Articles | Comments

Rotanta 46 RSC refrigerated, robotic centrifuge features pc control and rotor positioning. Controlled by remote optical data transmission, it automatically performs routine laboratory tasks. If needed, all functions can be controlled manually via control panel.

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Liquid Handling Workstation (2779)

February 18, 2004 4:52 am | Articles | Comments

Eppendorf ep Motion 5070 liquid handling workstation enables rapid and reproducible liquid handling through automated pipetting, dispensing and dispensing variants. Sequences and protocols that had been carried out manually can be transferred to the system.

Microplate Reagent Dispenser

February 18, 2004 4:52 am | Articles | Comments

Bio-Tek Instruments has expanded its line of μFill™ bulk reagent dispensers to with a unit that dispenses into 24-well plates with an easily adapted manifold designed specifically for cell-based applications.

Multiple Well Filter Plate

February 18, 2004 4:52 am | Articles | Comments

AcroPrep™ 384 multi-well filter plate uses patented technology to eliminate lateral cross contamination by individually sealing each well. Laboratories can reliably process 384 samples in minutes, increase output and identify promising drug targets to treat diseases.

Novartis Appoints Yeast Expert To Expand Model Organism Research 2/17/04

February 17, 2004 1:47 pm | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin Acknowledging the importance of model organisms in pharmaceutical research, Novartis appointed Susan Gasser, PhD, to director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute (FMI) in Basel, Switzerland.

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Collection, Transport, Purification And Storage Of PCR-ready Plant DNA

February 17, 2004 10:24 am | Articles | Comments

The number of PCR-based methods for plant molecular research has increased dramatically. Application of these methods alone, or in combination with other tools, range from marker assisted selection, molecular mapping, varietal identification and phylogeny research to genomics and chip technology.

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DNA Mapping of Tumors Predicts Drug Response 2/13/04

February 13, 2004 12:57 pm | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin Optical mapping of DNA derived from brain tumors (oligodendrogliomas) could help pinpoint the genetic variation that determines the effectiveness of drug therapies in patients, according to researchers.

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