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ACherry-picking' clones

Genetix Limited has announced the launch of QPDisplay ­ a dedicated picking and library management system that increases productivity by improving the reliability, precision and accuracy of the phage display process.

Blood biomarkers discovered for Alzheimer's disease

PerkinElmer Inc and Predictive Diagnostics Inc, a subsidiary of Large Scale Biology Corporation, have found a series of biomarkers that appear to differ in persons with Alzheimer's Disease compared with persons without cognitive impairment,...

Scientists annouce world's most sensitive cancer test

Speaking at the Institute of Physics conference Physics 2005 in the UK recently today, scientists revealled a new test for cancer, more sensitive than any existing technique and capable of predicting for the first time whether a tumour has...

European initiatives improve the dissemination of bioinformatics

BioModels, the world's first database of annotated biological models, is the result of a collaborative project led by the European Bioinformatics Institute and the SBML Team, an international group that develops opensource standards to...

Integrated microfluidic assay system procedures

Available from Tecan Europe the LabCD reduces all of the requisite steps for a wide variety of separation and assay procedures from a macro to a micro scale integrating them into a single low-cost disposable device.

Information technology helps streamline business process

In an era of increased competitiveness, economic uncertainty, ever-increasing regulation and global turmoil, companies are striving to continually improve operational efficiency. Many are looking to information technology for clues.

Automation dna typing system for national forensic databank

Tecan has signed an agreement with the South African Police Service to supply, install and provide customer support for its fully automated forensic DNA typing system. They will play a central role in South Africa's DNA databank.

Advanced robotic workstations aid pioneering child DNA study

Dr Bill Bradbury reports on the implementation of two special robotic workstations to help maintain and analyse the DNA.

web services framework

LIMS provider Starlims Corporation has released an integrated web services framework, a web service software application, whose public interfaces are described using XML allowing other software systems to control it.

Advances in microarray technology speed research

Gene expression, the study of gene activity in cells to understand the genetic causes of disease, is revolutionising drug research and aiding in the treatment of conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Automation innovations provide twin boost for lab efficiency

Known as Crystal Farm, a new imaging system developed in the USA simplifies and automates protein crystallisation by integrating incubation at chosen temperatures together with optical imaging of the crystal growth plates at pre-scheduled...

triple detector array

Available from Viscotek, a leader in multiple detection characterisation of synthetic and natural polymers, the Model 302 triple detector array (TDA) represents the cutting edge in detector technology for pharmaceutical analysis.

"Digital automation for powerful, cost-effective production solutions"

When an Italian manufacturer of anti cancer compounds chose to update its automation systems, it turned to a supplier with a long track record of meeting FDA regulations. The result is a powerful, cost-effective solution.

Knowledge management: do not drown the enterprise in data

Knowledge is power. Nothing has changed that during the ages. However, gaining knowledge is problematic; not as a result of too little information, but by the enormous amount of information available. In our daily life we are flooded with...

LIMS system installed to improve quality control for dairy products

Freek Rooze looks at the use of a laboratory information management system for the quality control of dairy products.

A brief guide to quantitative analysis of electrophoresis gels

Dr Paul N Goulding discusses some of the important aspects of getting anumbers from pictures' ­ that is quantitative gel analysis.

centrifugation cell preparation system

The Cytocentrifuge-Cytospin 4 is a versatile processing system suitable for use in the fields of immunohistochemistry, fluorescence and in situ hybridisation, in vitro chemosensitivity and rapid viral testing.

"A first in electronic, motorised, integrated transgenic platforms"

High-precision optics and micro-tools are making manipulation on a tiny scale possible. But to simplify their task, laboratory scientists have long been demanding an automated tool that integrates microscopes with micromanipulators. A new...

Online logistics cuts time and cost involved with clinical trial shipping

As contract research organisations become increasingly involved with clinical trials, their logistics take on a new importance.A newly-launched initiative aims to reduce both the time andcost involved in this biomedical transport.

drug discovery: a range of solutions

Pharmaceutical companies are currently facing the challenge of significantly increasing the number of NCEs to sustain profitability and investor confidence. This directly impacts on HTS, as this process is at the centre of lead discovery in...

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