Here's a story in the Guardian about scientists who are building a portable mass spectrometer (warning: be prepared for a snootful of Star Trek references). The article focuses on Graham Cooks from Purdue University as well as Ian Stockford and Stephen Morgan from Nottingham University. Getting rid of sample prep significantly speeds up the tiny instruments, but no word yet on resolution.

 

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.