A biochip that helps spot cystic fibrosis mutations during prenatal screening is now being deployed by Thermo Electron (www.thermo.com) and Quest Diagnostics (www.questdiagnostics.com). Thermo Electron developed a chip called CF Portrait, using its Optical ImmunoAssay technology to detect cystic fibrosis via tests formulated by Quest's Nichols Institute Diagnostics subsidiary. The chips are made with thin-film techniques that permit placing assay probes on a wafer. The chip is currently being used by Quest to help shorten turnaround time for the test.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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