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Production Equipment for Rapid Test Kits

Kevin O'Donnell odonnell at sasa.gov.uk
Tue Aug 8 11:25:51 EST 1995

> Our company's product line includes [snip] These products can be used =
in the R&D
> process as well as in a full time manufacturing enviornment. 

. Commercial postings of this kind are not allowed on bionet. See the =
extract below from the FAQ. If you wish to advertise your products on =
the net, I suggest that you either buy some web space or subscribe to =
something like biz-biotech.:

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>EMPLOYMENT/bionet.jobs newsgroup are described above under the
>question "Where should I post my messages?" Users who violate these
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Dr Kevin O'Donnell		     
Diagnostics and Molecular Biology
Scottish Agricultural Science Agency    
Edinburgh                         		odonnell at sasa.gov.uk          

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