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Now There's No Excuse to Leave the Lab

A paper coming out of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory shows how a four-hour proteomics protocol can be chopped down to a few minutes. In the Journal of Proteome Research, the scientists led by Richard Smith showed that applying pressure-cycling technology to proteomic samples enhances enzymatic activity and shortens that step. "It should also allow more samples to be prepared simultaneously, also cutting down the time required," blogs Josh Hill at Think Gene.

 

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.