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Partek Signs Deal With Life Technologies

February 4, 2011 7:03 am | News | Comments

Partek Incorporated, a leader in bioinformatics software, announced the signing of a distribution agreement with Life Technologies Corporation, a provider of next-generation DNA sequencing technology.

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Affymetrix Revenue Down Slightly

February 4, 2011 6:57 am | News | Comments

Affymetrix, Inc. reported its operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2010. Total revenue for the fourth quarter was $84.9 million, as compared to total revenue of $88.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.

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Regulatory RNA May Fight Ovarian Cancer

February 4, 2011 6:39 am | News | Comments

Scientists have found in initial tests that a regulatory RNA called miR-429 may be successful in inducing metastatic or spreading cancer cells to convert back to a less metastatic, non-invasive form.

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Scientists Find Lupus-Causing Defect

February 4, 2011 6:34 am | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a regulatory defect that drives lupus. Correcting the defect may represent an effective therapeutic approach to systemic lupus erythematosus-like autoimmune disease.

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RXi Developing Anti-Scarring Drug

February 4, 2011 6:19 am | News | Comments

RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a leader in RNAi-based therapeutic discovery and development, announced that it has initiated a development program for RXI-109 with a goal of submitting an IND in the second half of 2011.

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Scientists Find Protein Biomarker for Metastasis

February 4, 2011 6:03 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Hong Kong have discovered that high levels of a particular protein in cancer cells are a reliable indicator that a cancer will spread.

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Vertex Loses $180M in Q4

February 4, 2011 5:47 am | News | Comments

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. reported a larger fourth-quarter loss as it spent more money to develop its hepatitis C drug candidate telaprevir, along with a potential cystic fibrosis treatment and other drugs.

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Multichannel Pipetting Head

February 4, 2011 5:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hamilton Robotics introduces a 1 mL 96-channel pipetting head for its MICROLAB STAR and NIMBUS liquid handling workstations. Incorporating Hamilton’s CO-RE technology, the new 1 mL multi-pipetting head offers a higher dynamic pipetting range.

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Microplate Handling Robot

February 4, 2011 5:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced the addition of the BenchBot Robot to its line of automated microplate handling equipment. The BenchBot is a mid-sized microplate handler designed to meet the automation workflow needs of diverse laboratories.

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Protein Purification Platform

February 3, 2011 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced the launch of the AssayMAP Bravo platform and protein purification cartridges, a fully automated solution for high-throughput protein sample preparation and purification.

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Over 4,400 Attend LabAutomation2011

February 3, 2011 7:45 am | News | Comments

LabAutomation2011, the world’s leading conference and exhibition on emerging laboratory automation technologies, welcomed 4,407 participants from around the world to the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA, USA, January 29-February 2, 2011.

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RT-PCR Assay

February 3, 2011 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.'s newly released EpiQ chromatin analysis kit is a real-time PCR assay for the rapid quantitative assessment of chromatin structure.

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Cloud-based Sequencing Analysis

February 3, 2011 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

DNAnexus, Inc. announced the availability of a comprehensive set of new informatics tools that enable life science researchers to efficiently analyze and manage large-scale genomic variation datasets in a cloud-based workflow.

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Calipers And HIHG Collaborating on Gene Studies

February 3, 2011 7:32 am | News | Comments

Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. announced a collaboration with the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics to develop automated protocols for exome capture and library preparation workflows.

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Lilly And JDRF Funding Regenerative Research

February 3, 2011 7:28 am | News | Comments

Eli Lilly and Company and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) announced that they have signed an agreement to fund early-stage research that could enable patients with type 1 diabetes to regenerate insulin-producing cells destroyed by the disease.

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