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Science  24 Nov 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6366, pp. 1088
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6366.1088-a

Ion Chromatograph

Metrohm's Eco IC is a cost-effective ion chromatograph designed for routine analysis of anions, cations, and polar substances. Eco IC delivers performance and productivity for price-sensitive markets, including environmental testing and higher education. Complementing the launch of Eco IC is a line of columns ideal for common anion analysis by various U.S. EPA methods, including EPA 300.0. Because consumables such as columns have the greatest impact on lab operating costs, Metrohm designed these columns to deliver high performance, longevity, and budget-friendly pricing. Eco IC delivers with all components needed for analysis: suppressor, conductivity detector, and software. An optional autosampler offers automated analysis of up to 36 samples.

Seed Genomics Microplate

Porvair Sciences' Seed Genomics microplate is a strong, reinforced polypropylene deep-well plate with matching polypropylene cap mats. Each well is 2.1 mL square. The extra ribbing underneath the plate supports its use in a GenoGrinder bead beater system. These plates survive 4 minutes of bead-beating with barley seeds—which are notoriously hard carpels to crack—in a GenoGrinder system at 1,750 rpm using a 6-mm steel grinding ball. 

CGH Assay

Agilent Technologies' first comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) assay, the GenetiSure Dx Postnatal Assay, will enable clinical geneticists to detect genetic anomalies earlier and more accurately than traditional methods can. Such anomalies have been associated with developmental delay, intellectual disability, autism, congenital irregularities, and dysmorphic features in children and adults. The GenetiSure Dx is the result of an extensive clinical validation and brings CGH technology into diagnostics. By helping to identify a definitive genetic diagnosis, the assay can rapidly change the focus of a medical investigation from finding the cause to administering appropriate medical care and family support.

Library Preparation for NGS

TriLink's CleanTag technology solves one of the most pervasive problems in library preparation for next-generation sequencing (NGS): adapter dimer formation. Currently, many workflows involve a laborious gel-purification step to rid the samples of the adapter dimer. TriLink has applied its nucleic acid expertise to develop CleanTag-modified adapters that block adapter dimer formation. This new technology increases mappable sequencing reads even with ultralow RNA inputs; tags efficiently in samples with low microRNA abundance; is suited for diagnostic samples with limited RNA; eliminates the need for gel purification; enables full automation;  and is compatible with Illumina and Ion Torrent platforms.

Bioinformatics Service

If your research projects involve advanced bioinformatics such as processing, analyzing, and interpreting next-generation sequencing data, integrated analysis of genomic and other biological and medical data, statistical data analysis, data mining, machine learning–based modeling, and database or informatics work, you might consider using AccuraScience. We are a bioinformatics service that maintains a team of eight distinguished experts, most of whom have academic backgrounds in both biomedicine and computer science. In carrying out a challenging research project, experience matters. If you are concerned with the cost of our services, rest assured: Our bioinformaticians are more experienced, make fewer wrong turns, and will end up costing you less. And our services can reduce the time spent on a typical project by as much as threefold. 

Topographic Raman Imaging System

WITec's TrueSurface optical profilometer combines surface analysis and Raman spectral acquisition to enable topographic Raman imaging on rough and uneven samples. With the TrueSurface option, Raman spectra are acquired precisely along a surface, or at a set, user-defined distance from a surface—making the distribution of chemical components within the sample visible in 3D. Rough, inclined, or irregularly shaped samples can be investigated with the same ease as standard samples, drastically reducing the requirements of sample preparation. As the TrueSurface sensor actively monitors and maintains a set distance between the objective and sample surface, its closed-loop operation can compensate for any variations during measurements with long integration times. This mechanism keeps the measurement area constantly in focus and produces sharp Raman images with submicrometer resolution. Investigations of pharmaceutical tablet coatings, geological samples, composite emulsions, complex semiconductor structures, and many other materials can benefit from TrueSurface. 

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