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Pattern Recognition Mass Spec Mania


GenomeWeb’s latest market research report looks at protein mass-spec technology to figure out what users think of certain instruments and software and how they’re using those in their research. We’ve included a few of the graphs below — find out what your peers are up to and see how your research and results compare to theirs.

Survey respondents told us that protein identification takes up the biggest chunk of their time now, but that in the future they expect that to drop significantly in order for differential proteomics to get more attention.


Not surprisingly, the last couple of years have been tough on scientists’ purse-strings. According to respondents, more than a quarter spent absolutely no money on mass spec equipment during the last two years. The outlook’s a little brighter: though again more than 25 percent expect to spend no money, nearly half of all respondents predict they will spend up to half a million dollars on new equipment.


NHGRI: Show Us the Money


Late last year NHGRI formally announced the establishment of its Large-Scale Sequencing Research Network — but what everyone really wanted to know was which genome centers got how many bucks. The five major centers that applied (the HGP Big Three as well as Venter’s foundation and Agencourt Bioscience) were collectively awarded $163 million for fiscal year ’04, with the same amount planned for 2005 and a drop to $133 million in 2006. That ought to translate to some 54 billion base pairs — or 18 human genomes — over three years.


For 2004, here’s how the grants shook out:
Eric Lander, Broad Institute: $59 M
Rick Wilson, Washington University: $49 M
Richard Gibbs, Baylor: $35 M
Doug Smith, Agencourt Bioscience: $10 M
Craig Venter, TIGR: $10 M


The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.