In addition to its massive booth at Pittcon 2006, Agilent also held a press briefing to announce the launch of several new products related to its mass spec and liquid chromatography lines. In particular, the firm highlighted its new 1200 Series LC and 6000 Series LC/MS platform, which includes two mass spectrometers that have yet to be shipped.

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