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Science  07 Feb 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6171, pp. 683
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6171.683-a

SUPER AIR CONDENSER

Following the extraordinary response to the launch of the Findenser super air condenser, which has generated interest from around the globe, Radleys is now extending the Findenser family by introducing the Findenser Mini. Findenser Mini is shorter and ideal for use with smaller flasks up to 250 mL in size. Findenser requires no running water to operate and its unique design, effectiveness in 95% of common chemistry applications, and ability to eliminate laboratory flooding (associated with traditional water condensers) has sparked a lot of interest. Findenser and Findenser Mini have a range of popular joint sizes and can now be used with flasks from 10 mL to up to 2 L in size.

AUTOMATED PIPETTING PLATFORM

The new next generation, liquid handling platform, Vantage, offers contact- free pipetting over a wide volume range of 100 nL to 1 mL. The Vantageis space-efficient, affordable, and can be remotely monitored by mobile devices. Its expandable design makes it a powerful instrument for labs with simple or complex application needs. Thesystem features Hamilton's new NanoPulse technology, which provides wide volume ranges from a single channel, and a new linear motor that increases pipetting speed while decreasing noise, heat, and vibration. New camera technology enhances traceability by verifying all labware on the system and detecting nonbarcoded labware. Labs can upgrade their Vantage system at any time with a Logistics Cabinet. The upgrade kit offers an innovative tip and plate shuttling mechanism from below the pipetting deck and customizable smart waste containers. A telescopic vertical track gripper is available to transport samples from below- or off-deck third-party devices.

BIOLOGICAL TISSUE STORAGE

CryoELITE Tissue Vials were designed for the safe, secure, and effective cryopreservation of biological tissue specimens. Different from cells and biofluids, tissue biospecimens have particular requirements for cryogenic storage. Offering researchers a uniform vial able to maintain sample integrity while maximizing storage capacity, and organization, the CryoELITE Tissue Vials feature a wide-mouth opening, 5 mL capacity and high-integrity closure. The CryoELITE Tissue Vial offers researchers who work with biological tissue sections ease of use, convenience, and security. CryoELITE Tissue Vials are manufactured from low binding, cryogenic-grade virgin polypropylene that meets USP Class VI classification. Lot tested and certified to be free of pyrogens, RNase/DNase, and endotoxins, the vials have a sample capacity of 5 mL and a storage temperature range of -156°C to 121°C. The externally threaded cap provides a seal that exceeds DOT and IATA classifications for diagnostic specimens and their transport and is capable of maintaining a secure closure during freeze/thaw procedures.

WHOLE-GENOME GENOTYPING ARRAYS

An advanced high throughput screening (HTS) array format significantly increases the number of samples that can be processed on the Infinium BeadChip family of genotyping arrays. Illumina's Infinium assay leverages proven chemistries on a new 24-sample HTS BeadChip that supports up to 750,000 markers per sample and increases scanning capacity by up to three-fold. Illumina's HumanOmniExpress BeadChip will be the first standard array available on the 24-sample HTS BeadChip, part of a portfolio of whole-genome genotyping arrays with new affordable pricing. This powerful array contains approximately 700,000 markers including the latest updates from the 1,000 Genomes Project strategically selected to capture the greatest amount of common single-nucleotide polymorphism variation and drive the discovery of novel associations with traits and disease. It can also include up to 50,000 custom markers, making it ideal for those interested in large genotyping studies such as core labs, genome centers, and biobanks.

ULTRAFLAT GLASS BOTTOM PLATES

The new generation of Krystal glass bottom plates are precision manufactured using a proprietary process resulting in excellent light transmission and an ultraflat optical plane (+/-15 μm) making them perfect for imaging growing cells. The complete range of 24-, 96-, and 384-well Krystal glass bottom microplates is available sterilized for tissue culture to optimize cell growth or nonsterile for assay development. Deep-black plates for fluorescent studies are available, together with brilliant-white plates which increase sensitivity for luminescence and absorbance work. The high optical clarity base of each plate in the range offers the advantage of easy positioning and crisp images when used with confocal microscopes. Constructed to a standard SBS/ANSI microplate format—Krystal glass bottom plates are fully compatible with automated liquid handling and robotic devices. All plates are supplied lidded. The glass bottomed plates can also be used for light-emitting assays measured through the glass plate base.

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