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Intrinsic Bioprobes

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.

Thermo Fisher Scientific said this week that it has acquired protein biomarker firm Intrinsic Bioprobes, adding to its clinical proteomics portfolio.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific today announced it has purchased proteomics sample preparation firm Intrinsic Bioprobes for an undisclosed amount.

EGFR has emerged as a primary area of interest in cancer research, with biopharmaceuticals like Imclone's Erbitux and Amgen's Vectibix targeting the protein, but its multiple isoforms have made it difficult to predict these drugs' effectiveness, said Yale professor Nita Maihle.

The findings suggest that guidelines for chronic kidney disease testing, which have come under increased scrutiny in recent years, could benefit from including albumin and cystatin C levels in definitions of the disease.

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.