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Praise for Proteomics

The method of the year for 2012 is targeted proteomics, says Methagora, Nature Methods' blog. "Targeted proteomics … offers a tantalizing opportunity to bring a sampling of the power of mass spectrometry to the wider community of biologists," writes Daniel Evanko there. "The assays are simpler, easier to run and well suited to the hypothesis-driven experiments that are the mainstay of biological research."

Evanko notes that proteomic techniques have been around in smaller-scale versions, like as Western blots or immunofluorescence, and targeted mass spectrometry "offers the possibility for thousands of labs to move away from, or supplement, Western blots; and improve the quality and quantity of their protein measurements."

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.