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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.

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