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Microfluidic Cell-Assay System

March 11, 2004 5:19 am | Articles | Comments

The LabChip 3000 Drug Discovery System performs unattended biochemical and cell-based screening assays using Caliper Life Science's microfluidic chips. The entry level LabChip 3000 Development Station is a basic system that is fully upgradeable for high-throughput screening applications.

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Non-biological Cell Attachment Surface On Bottles, Flasks

March 11, 2004 5:19 am | Articles | Comments

CellBIND™ culture surface (Corning Inc. Life Sciences) incorporates a patented technology that uses a microwave process for treating the cell culture surface.

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Ultrasonic Microplate Processing

March 11, 2004 5:19 am | Articles | Comments

Multi-element probes provide ultrasonic processing of samples in 96well, deep-well plates. The probes deliver ultrasonic intensity directly into the sample — no energy is lost. The complete assembly is approximately 260 mm long, and can be mounted on a laboratory stand or an automated system.

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Consortium Refines Maize Sequencing Methods 3/10/04

March 10, 2004 12:35 pm | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin A consortium of researchers from The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), Purdue University, and Orion Genomics is nearing its goal of finding an efficient method to isolate and sequence maize (corn) genes.

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FDA Offers Plan for Developing Drugs to Treat Smallpox Vaccine Side Effects 3/9/04

March 9, 2004 12:39 pm | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin The FDA, this week, issued recommendations to researchers for planning and designing studies for the development of drugs that treat the side effects associated with smallpox vaccines.

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An Old Dog Uses New Tricks in Target Discovery 03/08/04

March 8, 2004 10:46 am | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin Database tools that identify antisense genes and alternative splicing are helping drug companies weed out bad targets.

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Genetic Database Supports Next Wave of HIV Therapy 3/5/04

March 5, 2004 12:24 pm | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin A new software tool developed specifically for HIV researchers is advancing the next wave of HIV therapeutics.

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QPCR Shows Addictive Power of Sugar 03/04/04

March 4, 2004 11:25 am | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin By studying the effects of sugar on gene expression in "reward" regions of the rat brain, researchers found a mechanism for addiction that is similar to that for morphine addiction.

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Smaller Increases in NCI Budget Means Cuts for New Grants 3/3/04

March 3, 2004 11:55 am | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin Tighter government funding may mean tough times at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) specifically for intramural research and competing grants.

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Cock-A-Doodle-Done: Chicken Genome Assembled and Published 3/2/04

March 2, 2004 11:39 am | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin The first draft of the chicken genome sequence was added to public databases this week, providing another valuable model for comparative studies. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, assembled the genome of the Red Jungle Fowl, Gallus gallus , which is the ancestor of domestic chickens ( Gallus domesticus ).

Pharmas and Scientists Will Get a Say on Drug Importation 3/1/04

March 1, 2004 12:35 pm | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin The new Task Force on Drug Importation, will be soliciting feedback from pharmaceutical and biotech corporations and scientists, which will factor into the recommendation submitted to Congress by the US Food and Drug Administration on whether to allow drug importation.

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Aurora Kinases May Have Target Value in Oncology 2/27/04

February 27, 2004 12:19 pm | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin Inhibiting Aurora kinases may have potential to treat a wide range of tumor types, says a new study.

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Microarrays Help Map Transcription Factors of Disease on a Genomic Scale 2/26/04

February 26, 2004 11:03 am | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin Chromatin immunoprecipitation combined with promoter microarrays helped a group of researchers map the location of three transcription factors in the pancreas and liver to identify the genes they regulate.

New Products for siRNA Gene Silencing Released 2/25/04

February 25, 2004 5:46 am | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin Two new products for small, interfering RNA (siRNA) targeting are promising reliable gene silencing for researchers in functional genomics or drug target identification, according to the companies who released the products.

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Ex Taq Polymerase For Real-Time PCR

February 24, 2004 8:38 am | Articles | Comments

Real-time PCR offers a quantitative method for viral and bacterial pathogen detection, measurement of gene expression, and mutation detection.

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