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March-April New Products

New Databases
Symyx has announced the release of two new databases. SPRESI is a structure and reaction database from InfoChem GmbH, available through Isentris. SPRESI extends the existing set of reactions available from Symyx by providing access to an additional 6 million structures, 3.8 million reactions, and 28 million factual data entries extracted from 636,000 references and 164,000 patents. The latest version of the Symyx Metabolite database is also now available through Isentris. Metabolite is the largest and most comprehensive collection of drug metabolism data in the world, and users of the latest release of Metabolite can access all Symyx molecular property, chemical sourcing, synthetic methodology, bioactivity, and metabolism/toxicology databases.

Product: SPRESI and Metabolite databases
Company: Symyx
Available: Now
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Sensitive Spectrometer
Waters Corporation has introduced its Waters Xevo quadrupole time-of-flight (QTof) mass spectrometer (MS), an exact mass MS/MS benchtop instrument that is the most sensitive benchtop QTof system ever. Paired with Waters ACQUITY UltraPerformance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC), the Xevo QTof MS is the only commercially-available MS system to give scientists one-of-a-kind UPLC/MSE performance—a novel, patented method of data acquisition that captures “all of the data all of the time” at unparalleled speeds to maximize the amount of information collected from minimal sample amounts.

Product: Xevo Quadrupole Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer
Company: Waters
Available: Now
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Genotyping Suite
The TaqMan OpenArray Genotyping System expands the potential uses of TaqMan technology across a wide range of genotyping applications, providing an extremely fast, high-sample-throughput validation and screening tool for researchers in agricultural, pharmaceutical, and other commercial industries, as well as academic institutions. The system includes an instrument platform, reagents, and consumables. The main components are the TaqMan OpenArray Genotyping Instrument Platform and TaqMan OpenArray Genotyping Plates, which are pre-loaded with pre-designed or custom genotyping assays. Researchers using this integrated platform can experience an end-to-end genotyping workflow of less than eight hours, enabling them to analyze thousands to tens of thousands of samples in days, in contrast to weeks or months, on alternative genotyping platforms.

Product: TaqMan OpenArray Genotyping System
Company: Applied Biosystems
Available: Now
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The Supercomputer is Personal
NVIDIA and its worldwide partners today announced the availability of the GPU-based Tesla Personal Supercomputer, which delivers the equivalent computing power of a cluster, at 1/100th of the price and in a form factor of a standard desktop workstation. Priced like a conventional PC workstation, yet delivering 250 times the processing power, researchers now have the horsepower to perform complex, data-intensive computations right at their desk, processing more data faster and cutting time to discovery. At the core of the GPU-based Tesla Personal Supercomputer is the Tesla C1060 GPU Computing Processor which is based on the NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing architecture. CUDA enables developers and researchers to harness the massively parallel computational power of Tesla through industry standard C.

Product: Tesla Personal Supercomputer
Company: NVIDIA
Available: Now
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This article also appeared in the March-April 2009 issue of Bio-IT World Magazine.
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