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Biologists are looking to extract as much information as possible from small amounts of valuable biological material, and to understand biological responses at higher levels of resolution. TGAC has been working to reduce the input requirements for DNA and RNA sequencing projects down to the single-cell level by introducing the Fluidigm C1 single-cell system, FACs-in-a-petri CellSorter and the Labcyte Echo microscopic liquid handler.

A state-of-the-art imaging technique will allow researchers to study the growth and behaviour of individual organs in living animals. Images showing the development of a human tumour implanted into a mouse, produced using the new device, have been published in Nature Photonics.

British bioengineering firm Synthace has closed a £2.2M funding round with new investors including the Rainbow Seed Fund, a venture capital fund supported by BBSRC and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Synthace develops and applies bioengineering tools and working practices, working with industry leaders to accelerate the introduction of bio-based products into the marketplace.