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cellFRAP: High Speed Live-cell Imaging from Olympus

Olympus presents the cellFRAP, a live cell imaging platform for the in-vivo analysis of dynamic processes by accurate and flexible photomanipulation techniques. cellFRAP´s main feature is the diffraction-limited laser spot. The system allows to place the spot anywhere in the field of view with great accuracy and shape flexibility, enabling greater bleaching control than other systems. […]


New NGS Platforms for Targeted Sequencing

Thermo Fisher presents two new next-generation sequencing (NGS) systems that simplify targeted sequencing. The Ion S5 and Ion S5 XL platforms are benchtop systems based on the Torrent technology that can be used in research areas like translational cancer research, microbial identification, inherited disorders or infectious agents. The key aspects of the Ion S5 and […]


New Labeling System to Avoid Errors and Improve Lab Productivity

Errors in vial identification cause serious problems in the laboratory like loss of samples, messed up experiments or waste of reagents. In the worst case scenario, it can lead to wrong conclusions, false data and loss of credibility. Thermo has developed a new labeling system aimed to diminish the probabilities of wrong labelling. Their new technology, […]


Cell Differentiation Controled with Light

  Researchers from the University of California in San Francisco have discovered how to differentiate embryonic stem cells (ESCs) with light. Irradiation with beams of light transformed ESCs into neurons. The research team lead by Matt Thomson also found out how cells distinguish meaningful developmental signals from stochastic molecular fluctuations. The study was published in the journal Cell […]


First Hepatitis D Virus Detection Kit

Analytik Jena AG has presented the world´s first Hepatitis D virus (HDV) test. The kit, which is CE-IVD certified, quantifies the virus RNA. The RoboGene® HDV RNA Quantification Kit 2.0 is the last product developed by a company with proprietary diagnostic tools for hepatitis B and C. Hepatitis D is caused by the circular enveloped Hepatitis delta virus. HDV is […]


A Newly Discovered Prion Causes Muscular System Atrophy

Alpha-synuclein, the only prion discovered in 50 years, might be the cause of a deadly brain disorder called muscular system atrophy (MSA). The finding by UCSF researchers, published in the journal PNAS, could help diagnose the progressive disorder and find a treatment. Prions are proteins with alternative conformations, from which at least one can be transmitted to […]


Microchip Quickly Detects Defects in Donor Lungs

  Researchers from the University of Toronto have developed a microchip that detects biomarkers for lung assessment for transplantation. The microchip will detect lungs damaged at molecular level and thus avoid post-transplantation death. The finding was published in the journal Science Advances. Primary graft dysfunctions cause death of up to 25% of lung recipients. Many tests […]

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Thermo Fisher Introduces Flexible All-In-One NGS Systems

New benchtop Next Generation Sequencing Systems released by Thermo Fisher: designed with flexibility in mind for multiple research areas. The Ion 5 and Ion S5 XL systems are designed to provide scientists with varying skill levels with a quick, flexible and cost-efficient (we are not so sure about this one) sequencing. It is designed keeping in […]


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