Hamburg, October 12, 2017 – The new “Off the Bench” is here. Eppendorf AG publishes the life science and style magazine twice per year. The current title story introduces British cell biologist Madeline Lancaster, who developed a method for growing four-millimeter mini brains from cell cultures. The researcher and her team are passionately pursuing the question of what sets us as humans apart from other living beings.

In addition to three-dimensional brain research, Off the Bench explores how so-called super plants extract poisonous substances from the soil and use them to their benefit. A research approach to freeing contaminated soil of heavy metals? It is also plants which came to life this spring in the Californian desert after years of drought, transforming the otherwise bleak landscape into a sea of colors.

Other exciting topics included in this issue are a city profile of Washington, where the leading trade show for neuroscientists from all over the globe, “Neuroscience”, will be held in November, as well as a report on research careers and the global stations of scientist Wim Delva. A guest contribution presented by Off the Bench with the kind authorization of the scientific publication “Science”.

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From October 1, 2017, until January 15, 2018, young researchers not older than 35 years, with an advanced degree, who are performing biomedical research in Europe are invited to apply for the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators 2018. 

Like It, Order It, Love It! This is the motto of Eppendorf’s new Advantage campaign. Special offers on refrigerated centrifuges and ultra-low temperature freezers allow customers to equip their laboratories with premium products at favorable conditions. Offers are also conveniently available in the Eppendorf online shop*.

The following offers are available from September 1 until December 31, 2017:
> 15 % saving on Centrifuge 5810 R Cell Culture/Plate Package
> 15 % saving on Centrifuge 5430 R Tube Volume Variety Package
> Special offers on Premium U410, HEF® U410, and Innova® U725/U725-G ultra-low temperature freezers

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*Offers may vary by country. Online shops are not yet available in all countries.

See the video with highlights from the Eppendorf Award ceremony at EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, on June 22, 2017, where Dr. Tom Baden, a neuroscientist at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, received the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators 2017. The video includes Prof. Maria Leptin's laudation and Tom Baden’s scientific talk on signal processing in the retina: “What the eye tells the brain, and how it got there”. 

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En la Eppendorf App tiene ahora la posibilidad de introducir códigos epPoints manualmente o de escanear el código QR impreso. Con solo pulsar un botón se abrirá la cámara de su dispositivo móvil y podrá escanear el código QR. Este procedimiento se puede repetir rápida y sencillamente, facilitándole la acumulación de puntos de bonificación.

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In the Eppendorf App, you can now enter epPoints codes manually or scan the printed QR code. At the push of a button, the camera of your mobile device opens and you can scan the QR code. This process can be repeated quickly and easily, thus facilitating the collection of epPoints.

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The second issue of Off the Bench, the LifeScienceStyle Magazine by Eppendorf, is here. Our new title story features the Spanish biochemist Oscar Fernandez-Capetillo, who researches the connection between DNA damage, replicative cellular stress and the development of cancer at the National Cancer Research Center (CNIO) in Madrid. Further topics in this issue include a critical look at the genome editing process CRISPR as well as the global extinction of red algae species, the source of the gelling agent agar-agar. This issue’s travel destination is the Swiss metropolis of Geneva, host to this year’s trade fair ESHRE of the Europe­an Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, held in early July. Lastly, with the kind permission of the journal Science, author Jeffrey J. McDonnell explains what authors of scientific publications may learn from Hollywood directors.

“After the many positive responses to our inaugural issue, we are very pleased to once again offer our readers valuable insights for their daily work routine with this new issue”, states Thomas Bachmann, President & CEO of the Eppendorf AG.

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Con el nuevo grado de pureza Forensic DNA Grade, lanzamos una nueva línea de consumibles para extracción de DNA, procesamiento de muestras, preparación para la PCR y almacenamiento de muestras, según la norma ISO 18385:

> Fabricación de gran calidad con seguimiento estricto de los protocolos y mínimo contacto humano, altos niveles de supervisión y acceso restringido al área de producción

> Base de datos de los empleados de la fábrica para trazabilidad de contaminaciones

> Embalaje especial en envase individual o con número de unidades restringido y con autocierre, para un almacenaje sin contaminación

> Certificado de pureza como libre de ADN humano, DNasa, RNasa e inhibidores de PCR


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El mejor plástico ahora también disponible en cultivos. ¿Stem cells? ¿Cultivos primarios? ¿Hipoxia? ¿Evaporaciones? ¿Tiene problemas para crecer sus células en cultivos? Ahora la calidad Eppendorf también llega a los consumibles de cultivo e imagen celular.

En la nota adjunta verá como un grupo de investigación ha podido comprobarlo experimentalmente. No solo la calidad del plástico es importante para sus ensayos: el efecto de la evaporación en los pocillos externos de las placas de 96 puede alterar los resultados de los mismos. Las placas Eppendorf de 96 pocillos para cultivo celular evitan este efecto gracias a su diseño antievaporación o edge effect.

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Then it’s time to look forward to the new refrigerated Centrifuge 5920 R. It offers exceptionally high capacity and, thanks to practical universal swing-bucket rotors, a considerable gain in convenience (p. 4–5).

Do you work with cell culture? Our new Cell Handling online portal provides you bundled expert knowledge on the topics of contamination, identity, and reproducibility – researched in depth by the Eppendorf cell experts.

Enjoy reading these and more articles as well as product news and detailed Application Notes in the new edition of Eppendorf BioNews!

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