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 slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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