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.
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
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