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Sunday 26th January 2020

Molecular Innovations Human Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Total Antigen ELISA Kit

Alpha-1-Antitrypsin (A1AT), also known as alpha-1 protease inhibitor (A1PI), is a glycosylated 394 amino acid 52 kDa plasma serpin that is the most abundant proteinase inhibitor in plasma. Molecular Innovations’ Human Alpha-1-Antitrypsin ELISA Kit is for the sensitive quantitative measurement of total human A1AT antigen in plasma, serum, saliva and urine. The ELISA kit comes ready to use with a ...

Thursday 23rd January 2020

Whooping cough vaccine may prevent food allergies — but will it protect against superbugs?

A retrospective study led by the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines & Infectious Diseases, based at the Telethon Kids Institute, recently found that using two different types of the whooping cough vaccine could have the added benefit of boosting protection against life-threatening allergies to foods like eggs, milk, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish and shellfish. Their work, published in The Jo...

Blood-clotting treatment wins Drug Discovery of the Year 2020

Belgian researchers from pharmaceutical company Sanofi have received the 2020 Drug Discovery of the Year award from the British Pharmacological Society for the development of Caplacizumab (Cablivi) — said to be the first nanobody therapy to treat adults with the rare autoimmune blood-clotting disorder known as acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (aTTP). aTTP is characterised by extensi...

PerkinElmer LabChip Extended Range N-Linked Glycan Assay

The LabChip Extended Range N-Linked Glycan Assay enables the high-throughput sizing and quantification of both neutral and charged N-linked glycans on the LabChip GXII Touch protein characterisation system for the assessment of protein-based biotherapeutics. The assay includes pre-plated reagents in a 96-well format, enabling high-throughput sample preparation that should reduce hands-on time and...

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Promising drug compounds target liver cancer

Singaporean scientists have discovered four potential drug compounds that target hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer. Their findings, made using a cancer gene-targeting drug-screening platform and published in the journal Gastroenterology, are expected to pave the way for new and more effective treatments for liver cancer as well as other cancers. Liver cancer is ...

International roadmap to insect recovery published

Insects are a vital part of our ecosystem, but many insects are struggling worldwide — and the Australian bushfire crisis is making it even harder. But according to a group of more than 70 scientists from 21 countries, we could fix the problem. The scientists have created a roadmap to insect conservation and recovery, published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution and based on achievin...

Larodan research-grade glycerides

Larodan develops a comprehensive range of research-grade lipids for use as analytical standards by users all over the world. The company’s products include all kinds of lipids, from simple fatty acids and methyl esters to complex oxylipins, glycerides and phospholipids. Glycerides, also referred to as acylglycerols or glycerolipids, are esters formed from glycerol and fatty acids. Glycerol has ...

Tuesday 21st January 2020

Liquid Handling 4.0: what to consider when selecting OEM robotic components

In today’s fast-paced environment where engineers need to develop and adapt analytical platforms rapidly to address new markets and ever-changing applications, the choice of core robotics architecture and components can be crucial for success. Here are some important questions to ask when selecting OEM components and robotic platforms for automated liquid handling. 1. Do OEM liquid handling pum...

Blood pressure drug could help treat alcoholism

A drug used to treat high blood pressure may alleviate anxiety induced by long-term heavy alcohol use, and also halt the damage such drinking can cause to the brain’s ability to grow new cells. That’s according to new research from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), conducted in adult mice and published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. QUT neuroscientist Profe...

Restek Resprep Quick-Replace vacuum manifolds

Cross-contamination of samples run in series through typical SPE vacuum manifolds is a common problem for sample preparation labs. Restek’s Resprep Quick-Replace vacuum manifolds are designed to eliminate this risk as they contain a disposable valve liner that can be quickly and easily replaced between samples, resulting in a clean flow path for every extraction. In addition, the screw-type valv...

Monday 20th January 2020

More stem cells help improve memory in old mice

The older we get, the more our brains will find it difficult to learn and remember new things. While the reasons underlying these impairments remain unclear, German scientists have discovered that increasing the number of stem cells in the brain assists in recovering the cognitive functions that are lost during ageing. The research group led by Professor Federico Calegari used a method developed ...

'Chameleon metals' change surfaces in response to heat

Just like a chameleon changes its skin colour in response to its environment, liquid metal — and potentially solid metal — can change its surface structure in response to heat. That’s according to engineers from Iowa State University, who have reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie that treating particles of liquid metal alloys with heat causes them to roughen their surfaces with tiny sp...

GeneCopoeia OmicsArray protein microarrays

GeneCopoeia’s OmicsArray protein microarrays are powerful tools for many applications, including autoantibody detection, biomarker profiling and characterisation of protein–molecule interactions. Protein microarrays enable parallel detection of antibodies or other biomarkers present in patient samples for diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, muscular dystrophy, systemic lupus erythematosus...

Sunday 19th January 2020

Probiotic drink could help combat antibiotic resistance

A probiotic drink could become a promising new weapon in the battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, after scientists at the University of Birmingham engineered and patented a key genetic element that can tackle the genetic basis of resistance. The drink has potential to work against many resistant bacteria commonly found in the human gut, including E. coli, Salmonella and Klebsiella pneumon...

Why on-site gas generation?

Nitrogen is the most abundant uncombined element on Earth, comprising 78% of the Earth’s atmosphere. It is essential for life as the fourth most abundant element in the human body — primary in amino acids (proteins), RNA, DNA and energy (ATP). There are several mechanisms by which nitrogen gas can be purified from the air and applications for which it can be used. The classical method of sepa...

Bio-Rad Laboratories SEQuoia Complete Stranded RNA Library Prep Kit

Bio-Rad Laboratories has announced the SEQuoia Complete Stranded RNA Library Prep Kit — a novel approach to RNA-Seq library preparation. The high-performance kit offers a holistic view of the complete transcriptome in a simplified workflow and is compatible with a broad range of sample inputs from a variety of sample types, including degraded RNA specimens. The product overcomes common challeng...

Thursday 16th January 2020

Genetically modified mozzies completely resistant to dengue

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that represents a pressing global problem, infecting up to 390 million people every year via Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Typical symptoms include fever, headaches and muscle aches, with severe forms of the disease (around 1% of cases) leading to haemorrhage, shock and even death. CSIRO Senior Research Scientist Dr Prasad Paradkar said the dengue virus is cau...

DEWALT safety glasses and goggles

DEWALT safety glasses and goggles are designed to ensure safe, efficient and comfortable vision in the occupational situation, protecting against such common occupational hazards as flying particles and fragments, dusts, splashing materials and molten metals, as well as invisible dangers including harmful gases, vapours and aerosols, glare and harsh optical radiation in the natural environment. Fe...

3D microscopy reveals new phenomena in living cells

Combining image analysis with a 3D microscopy technique allows researchers to quantify new or little-understood cell biology phenomena, according to a study published in the journal PLOS Biology by Swiss scientists. The technique is likely to help explain little-understood aspects of the behaviour of cell organelles — the functional compartments within a cell. A wide variety of techniques is av...

Abcam acquires Expedeon's Proteomics and Immunology business

Abcam, a global innovator in life science reagents and tools, has announced the successful completion of the acquisition of Expedeon’s Proteomics and Immunology business, which includes Innova Biosciences and TGR BioSciences, as of 1 January 2020. Abcam and Expedeon say they are fully committed to providing continued access to Expedeon’s proteomics and immunology products and support so that t...

Wednesday 15th January 2020

Confirmed: climate change increases bushfire risk

The literature review was carried out using the new ScienceBrief online platform, set up by UEA’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, which aims to make sense of peer-reviewed publications in a rapid and transparent way. The results? All the studies show links between human-induced climate change and increased frequency or severity of fire weather — periods with a high fire risk due to...

Superbugs found in UK cosmetics

Make-up products used every day by millions of people in the UK are contaminated with potentially deadly superbugs, such as E. coli and Staphylococci, because most are not being cleaned and are used far beyond their expiry dates. That’s according to new research published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology by Dr Amreen Bashir and Professor Peter Lambert, both of Aston University. Bacteria...

Anton Paar Multiwave 5000 microwave system

Anton Paar’s Multiwave 5000 is a versatile microwave platform system for efficient, convenient and safe microwave-assisted analytical and synthetic chemistry. Designed to meet the needs of today’s lab chemist, it features a modern, easy-to-navigate user interface; tool-free vessel handling; a large method library with >500 pre-installed programs; and a global support network. Robust indust...

Tuesday 14th January 2020

Illumina NextSeq 1000 and NextSeq 2000 Sequencing Systems

To support demand for clinical-grade genomic information, Illumina has announced the NextSeq 1000 and NextSeq 2000 Sequencing Systems — offering clever system design, chemistry innovations and on-instrument integrated informatics for rapid secondary analysis in as little as 2 h. The benchtop sequencers were designed with the aim of simplifying workflows and overcoming challenges faced by users ...

First International Standard for biorisk management

A new International Standard has been published to help enable effective risk management of biohazardous materials, which should result in a reduced chance of accidents, less impact on the environment and a more efficient use of time and other resources. From diagnosing diseases to pharmaceutical and scientific research, the handling of biological materials in laboratories and elsewhere is essent...


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