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March 19, 2009 | Customer News

Fishing for genetic information with Tecan’s HS 4800™ Pro

Fishing for genetic information










The high throughput efficiency provided by Tecan’s HS 4800 Pro Hybridization Station is helping researchers at the Pacific Biological Station in British Columbia, Canada, to develop genomics technologies for the management of wild salmon stocks. Genetic technologies developed by the molecular genetics laboratory are already providing managers with real time information about the timing and distribution of salmon stocks moving through test fishing areas before fisheries are opened. Managers use this information for in-season stock-based management, concentrating fisheries where healthy, abundant stocks are present and implementing conservation strategies for those in need of protection. This same lab is now taking a giant leap forward, providing additional information on the condition of the fish and the likelihood that they will successfully making it to the spawning grounds.   


Dr Kristina Miller is head of molecular genetics at the Pacific Biological Station and explained how the Tecan system has advanced the project: “Our aim is to develop tools to assess salmon condition that will allow us to predict physiological and behavioural response to the changing aquatic environment. One of the most important aspects of this work is minimising the technical variation between microarray slides and experiments, and the HS 4800 Pro gives us an exceptionally high consistency rate, as well as a high throughput capacity. The reliability of results is much better than the traditional manual approach and this, combined with the time and money saving aspects, makes the system a clear winner in terms of efficiency.”


To find out more on Tecan’s hybridization stations, visit www.tecan.com/hs_series





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Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global supplier of laboratory instruments and solutions for the biopharma, forensic and diagnostic industries. The company specializes in the development, production and distribution of automation solutions for life science laboratories. Through its REMP subsidiary (www.remp.com), Tecan is the premier supplier of automated laboratory storage and logistics systems. Tecan's clients include pharmaceutical and biotech companies, university research departments, diagnostic laboratories and companies as well as forensics laboratories. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has production, research and development sites in both North America and Europe and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2007, Tecan achieved sales of CHF 414.4 million (USD 345.3 million; EUR 252.7 million). Registered shares of the Tecan Group are traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (TK: TECN/Reuters: TECZn.S/Valor: 1210019).