Category Archives: Reagents

Analytik Jena Presented SmartExtraction for DNA Isolation

Analytik Jena presented at Analytica the automated DNA extraction method SmartExtraction. The new system combines a patented extraction chemistry (DC-technology) and an intelligent pipette tip, eliminating the need for extra materials or specialized equipment like centrifuges, vacuum stations or magnets. The DC-Technology doesn’t need phenol/chloroform, ion exchanger,  spin-filter columns or silica or magnetic particle suspension.  […]

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Global Seaweed Shortage Forces Companies to Ration Agar

A global shortage of red algae seaweed has forced Thermo Fisher Scientific to ration supplies of agar, the growth medium used in laboratories to culture bacteria and fungi. Merck has stopped selling it as a raw material, although keeps selling it as dehydrated culture media. The lack of availability is due to fluctuating seaweed yields […]

DNA-In® from AMSBIO, an Optimized CRISPR Reagent

AMSBIO has launched a new transfection reagent that facilitates the delivery of large plasmids for gene editing inside cells that are particularly difficult to transfect .The DNA-In® system will be very useful for researchers trying to generate disease models. CRISPR/Cas9 is the latest great innovation in gene editing and is currently widely used by labs worldwide to modify […]

NEB Renews its Support to Shared Lab Space LabCentral

New England Biolabs (NEB) has confirmed the renewal of their financial support for LabCentral, the shared laboratory space for biotech startups in Boston. Both companies are commited to mentor high-potential business and research ideas in the biological sciences. LabCentral is a research facility located in Kendall Square, Cambridge. Surrounded by a top class research environment, the […]

A Non-Toxic DNA Stain for Super Resolution Microscopy

Scientists from the Échole Polytechnique Fédérale de Laussane (EFPL) have created a new DNA stain that can be used in live cells. The far-red DNA stain, called SiR-Hoestch, is non-toxic, works for different cell types and can be used in super-resolution microscopy. These characteristics make it suitable for live-cell imaging. The work has been published in Nature Communications. […]

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Paper Demystifies “the Great Plate Count Anomaly”

Researchers have found out one of the main reasons behind irregularities in gel based bacterial cultures.  Formation of Hydrogen Peroxide in the culture medium as the result of auto-claving turned out to be the culprit. For a very long time researchers have scratched their heads over their inability to culture microorganisms that they can easily […]


Beckman Partners with NEB to Streamline NGS

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences and New England Biolab’s (NEB) are partnering to improve sample preparation of  Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) kit. While Beckman will distribute, develop and support automation for NEBNext sample preparation kits, NEB will bring expertise in reagents, chemistry and protocols. The partnership will allow automation of high throughput NGS processes with a faster workflow. […]