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GEN Publishing and Scintellix, LLC Launch a New Cryptogram Challenge

New Rochelle, NY, April 12, 2010—Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) has launched another online contest to bring out the puzzle solver in you. Along with partner Scintellix, LLC and sponsor Bio-Rad Laboratories, we are proud to present Cryptogram Challenge: Electroporation. The first person to solve the puzzle will win $1,500 and a benchtop device from Bio-Rad. The first 150 people to register will receive a free T-shirt depicting the cryptogram image, so register now.

Cryptogram Challenge: Electroporation represents the power of this technology to influence cellular behavior and the penchant for finding solutions that all scientists exhibit. It is the sixth in a series of online, cipher-based contests created by Peter C. Johnson, M.D., President and CEO of Scintellix, and hosted by GEN.

“The Cryptograms have attracted scientists from all over the world, challenging their pattern-recognition and problem-solving skills as important data gets revealed through weekly clues,” says Joan Boyce, Group Publisher of GEN. “We are sure that Cryptogram Challenge: Electroporation will continue to intrigue people and provide a new level of complexity.”

In this latest Challenge, the cellular array image represents a cryptic form of information that requires skill in interpretation. “The solution of Electroporation will require new cryptographic skills relative to the previous challenges,” Dr. Johnson points out.  “Importantly, we have found that the demands of these cryptograms have, almost routinely, required people to work together for their solution, adding value as team development tools.” 

“Bio-Rad is excited to be a part of the tremendous following the Cryptogram Challenge has generated within the scientific community,” says Michelle Collins, Ph.D., Global Product Manager. “As such, we are looking to make a Cryptogram Challenge ‘cellebrity’ out of the winner of the newest Electroporation Challenge. The Challenge was designed to be fun and insightful yet mentally stimulating. In addition to the $1,500 prize, we are pleased to offer the cellebrity their choice of one of five Bio-Rad benchtop devices.”

Bio-Rad will let the winner choose one benchtop instrument from among the following: a Gene Pulser Xcell™ eukaryotic electroporation system, MyCycler™ personal thermal cycler, TC10™ automated cell counter, VersaFluor™ fluorometer, or SmartSpec™ Plus spectrophotometer.  

You can find your first clue on
this page. Be sure to select your country.

New clues will be posted every Monday on the Cryptogram website to nudge you in the right direction. The contest will close once the cipher has been correctly decoded. The first person to reveal the message will be featured in GEN.