LabTechnologist.com brings you a round up of the latest product releases, with new offerings from Bio-Rad, KD Scientific, Micronic, Millipore, Q Chip, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Warner Instruments.
Bio-Rad has launched a new protein enrichment kit, dubbed the ProteoMiner, which enables researchers to concentrate and enrich low- and medium-abundance proteins before analysis by SELDI (surface enhanced laser desorption ionisation) mass spectrometry (MS), gel electrophoresis and other protein analysis techniques.
The kits use a bead-based technology that uses a diverse library of combinatorial peptide ligands to simultaneously dilute high-abundance proteins and concentrate low-abundance proteins.
"ProteoMiner kits enable life and pharmaceutical researchers to reduce the complexity of biological samples and detect low-abundance proteins," said Kate Smith, Bio-Rad's expression proteomics product manager.
KD Scientific has released a new single syringe, infusion pump, the KDS 100, which combines precision with simplicity.
It holds any single syringe from 10µl to 60ml and can be used to introduce samples to a reaction, or for ESI (electrospray ionisation) sample introduction into a mass spectrometer (MS).
The KDS 100 features an advanced drive mechanism that assures the smoothest and most accurate flow and is controlled using a simple menu-driven setup displayed on its LED screen.
Micronic has released a new range of Snap Tube sample storage tubes that features a new locking mechanism that increases sample security when biobanking. The mechanism has been developed in conjunction with an unnamed automation company.
The tubes are available for use with Micronic's Roborack, Staborack and Loborack storage racks and are locked safely into the racks by applying downwards pressure. They can be released by simply applying a 'gentle upward pressure' to enable them to be handled by automated tube picking systems.
Millipore has expanded its collection of PI3 lipid kinases to 17, enabling it to offer the broadest panel available worldwide.
Lipid kinases are one of the most promising new classes of potential drug targets and regulate a variety of cellular functions. As a result defects in these enzymes can lead to multiple disease states, including several types of cancer.
According to the company, in combination with its industry-leading PI3 Kinase HTRF assay, KinaseProfiler service, and small-molecule inhibitors, the expanded lipid kinase panel provides researchers with the most complete solution to studying lipid kinase signalling.
Q Chip has released a new PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tool that speeds up bacterial identification by encapsulating all the reagents needed in a single bead.
The ReaX assay 16S bead works by amplifying the widely used 16S ribosomal RNA gene to enable efficient bacterial identification.
In a comparative study of the identification of Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) the ReaX Assay 16S PCR beads generated identical PCR bands for each organism, compared with conventional liquid-based PCR methods.
However, by using the bead based ReaX Assay less manual pipetting was required leading to reduced pipetting error and less variability between reactions.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a new total Sulphur analyser, the TS 4000, that removes nitrogen interference from total sulphur results using patent-pending Thermo Scientific True Total Sulphur (TTS) technology.
The company claims it overcomes the problems associated with using combustion and ultra violet fluorescence methods that have the potential to identify nitrogen oxide as sulphur dioxide that can lead to inaccurate analysis.
The system is capable of detecting extremely low levels of sulphur in liquids, solids and gasses and is ideally suited for analysing a range of refinery and petroleum sample types that contain high concentrations of nitrogen.
Warner Instruments has released a new syringe heater, the SWS-60, which accommodates a 60ml syringe and provides a simple and effective method for maintaining a stable temperature within a syringe.
The system is made of corrosion resistant anodized aluminium and serves as an excellent thermal conductor with solutions usually reaching target temperatures up to 65C in 15 minutes.