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By Adam Bonislawski
Agilent Technologies and Integrated Diagnostics said this week that they have entered a strategic partnership to develop mass spec workflows for protein biomarker diagnostics.

By Adam Bonislawski
Proteomics in 2011 continued its long, hard slog toward the clinic, battling now-familiar challenges like sluggish test sales, unproven platforms, and the vagaries of the regulatory process.

Movers & Shakers

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Albert Fornace, Amrita Cheema, Dilek Mir, Gregory Critchfield

While Biocius' RapidFire technology has traditionally been used by pharma firms for drug-screening work, "one of the key opportunities" Agilent sees is applying the platform "to the clinical proteomics space," a company official said.

"With this technology and the team that developed it now part of Agilent, we can expand our reach in the pharmaceutical and clinical mass spec markets," an Agilent official said of the Biocius purchase.

The collaboration, which builds on an existing partnership between the two companies, has the potential to improve the drug discovery efficiency of SIRT epigenetic modulating enzymes, which have been implicated in processes such as insulin signaling, apoptosis, and cancer.

The collaboration is expected to result in the launch of a selectivity panel of sirtuins and histone deacetylases.

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The Biotrove mass spectrometry spin-off firm said that the move will expand its lab and product and service capabilities.

The exclusive agreement covers the RapidFire systems and screening.

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Mice in New York harbor both antibiotic-resistant bacteria and novel viruses, according to a new analysis of their fecal microbiomes.

Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative has issued guidelines for genomic research in the region, according to Nature News.

The Associated Press reports that an ethicist predicts that prenatal diagnosis and other advances will lead to more choices being available to prospective parents.

In Genome Biology this week: approach to analyze alternative polyadenylation, algorithm to predict transcriptomic structural variations, and more.