Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Princeton Using Thermo Fisher Mass Spec in Virus Studies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Princeton University has purchased Thermo Fisher Scientific’s MALDI LTQ Orbitrap XL mass spectrometer and is using it in studies of virus-host interactions, the company said today.
 
Princeton’s Ileana Cristea, who is an assistant professor in the school’s Department of Molecular Biology, is using the mass spec in a project focused on understanding viral modulation of chromatin remodeling and the fate of cells that have been invaded by pathogens.
 
The studies in Cristea’s lab are multidisciplinary, involving proteomics, molecular biology, and virology, and they could lead to information that could be useful in developing therapies for treating a wide variety of viral infections, Thermo said.
 
The company said that the MALDI option for the Obitrap mass spectrometers is suited for proteomics, metabolomics, de novo sequencing, tissue imaging, and small-molecule analysis.
 
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.